A 64-year-old HGV driver from Grimsby has appeared in York Crown Court today (15 September 2016) charged with causing the death of a pedal cyclist by careless driving. Mervyn John White was sentenced to a two year custodial sentence and receive a three year driving ban. White was driving a Scania heavy goods vehicle at 8.30am on Saturday 27 September 2014 on the M62, when he left the carriage way at junction 34 near Eggborough.
As he approached the roundabout, he failed to give way to 49-year-old Jules Barlow who was riding his pedal cycle. White s HGV struck Mr Barlow causing him serious injury and extensive damage to both of his legs . Mr Barlow was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary for emergency surgery, but very sadly died later the same day. Speaking about the case Acting Traffic Sgt Zoe Billings who has been leading the investigation said:
This was a horrific and preventable collision which has left Jules wife and friends bereft and broken . Jules was an experienced cyclist, who paid particular attention to the maintenance of his bike and his own safety.
Despite the fact that the investigation uncovered dashcam footage of the incident , which clearly showed that White s careless driving was the cause of Jules death he chose to plead not guilty until the day before the trial, forcing Jules wife to go through a long court process and extending the hurt and agony for her further.
I hope that today s sentence can provide some small comfort to Wendy and thank her for the tremendous courage she has shown throughout the investigation.
Wendy Barlow, Jules wife has provided the following statement:
Jules was only 49 when he died in as a result of this preventable collision . He would be alive if the truck had stopped at the junction, what a waste of a great life . I have lost my wonderful husband, my soul mate and best friend of 24 years.
I d like to say an enormous thank you to North Yorkshire Police Major Collision Investigation team whose dedication and hard work has led to this conviction . Particular thanks to Acting Traffic Sgt Zoe Billings who lead the investigation and Family Liaison Officer PC Lindsay Kyle for their tremendous emotional support over nearly two years of pain . They have helped me considerably when others did not know what to say .
The time and effort from the police and prosecution team is very much appreciated and words can t thank them enough.
Thanks also to Yorkshire Air Ambulance, the trauma team at LGI and the brave people who stopped to help that day, I am forever grateful .
Thanks to my friends who have pulled me through such pain and bad days over the last 23 months, they have given me strength to carry on each day.
Jules I will love you forever.
Photo of Jules Barlow
Last modified: September 15, 2016
Heritage Global Inc.1, a leader in distressed and surplus corporate and financial asset valuations and transactions, announced that Marc Swirsky has been appointed to serve in a dual leadership capacity for two company divisions . Swirsky will serve as Managing Director of Heritage Global Capital ( HGC ), HGI s term lending services division and will also serve as Director of Heritage Global Valuations (“HGV”), the Company s world-class valuation and appraisal division. Heritage Global Capital complements and expands HGI s traditional valuation, advisory, and auction capabilities by leveraging HGV’s asset valuation expertise to deliver financing to clients secured by equipment and real estate .
HGC provides lower to upper middle-market businesses with loans and leases ranging in transaction size from $1.0 million to $30.0 million in both asset refinancing and new placements . HGC works with asset-based lenders, factoring groups, mezzanine lenders and investment banks to assist in delivering financial solutions for clients seeking additional liquidity . In his role as Managing Director of HGC, Swirsky will be responsible for overseeing the division s operations including developing and growing its customer base, implementing and executing its sales and marketing strategies, and assisting in the implementation of Heritage s fixed asset financing strategies, products and services including equipment lending and real estate transactions. Heritage Global Valuations is a recognized leader in asset valuation and advisory services . Its customers include lenders, lessors, private equity groups, investment banks, accountants, tax professionals, business owners and others who have the need for straightforward, real world valuations . In his role as Director of HGV, Marc will be responsible for managing the division s key existing client relationships as well as developing new relationships with clients and lenders in the western region. Swirsky brings nearly 30 years of experience in the used industrial equipment valuation / disposition sector and had served in executive roles at several nationally recognized auction and valuation firms . He is a highly regarded specialist in the auction and appraisal industry and has extensive expertise managing hundreds of complete industrial liquidations and valuations. In addition, throughout his career he has built strong customer relationships and worked closely with leading asset-based lenders to complete thousands of valuations representing billions of dollars in net recovery value across a broad spectrum of industries .
Swirsky has served on the boards of directors of both the Machinery Dealers National Association (MDNA) and the Association of Machinery & Equipment Appraisers (AMEA). Commenting on the appointment, Ross Dove, Heritage Global Chief Executive Officer stated, “Marc Swirsky is a proven leader that has an impressive industry background and extensive executive experience in liquidation, valuation and asset-based lending . Throughout his career he has demonstrated a results-oriented and entrepreneurial approach and we are confident that his valuable management and relationship building expertise will expand our service offerings among a broader client base, while supporting our long-term strategy to further grow our value-driven corporate and financial asset solutions platform.”
Heritage Global Inc . is a value-driven, innovative leader in corporate and financial asset liquidation transactions, valuations and advisory services . Heritage Global focuses on identifying, valuing, acquiring and monetizing underlying tangible and intangible assets in twenty-eight global manufacturing and technology sectors .
Heritage Global specializes both in acting as an adviser, as well as acquiring or brokering turnkey manufacturing facilities, surplus industrial machinery and equipment, industrial inventories, accounts receivable portfolios, related intellectual property, and entire business enterprises.
A haulage lorry crashed into a new set of traffic lights in Bowbridge Road this afternoon. The traffic lights went live on Friday of last week as part of a link road to Newark’s new southern relief road.
The incident this afternoon saw a haulage lorry that was travelling from Newark to Bristol crash into the lights at the Bowbridge Road/Hawton Lane junction. The driver was travelling from Hawton Lane and turning left on to Bowbridge Road when it hit the lights. Engineers from the highways authority were on the scene promptly to repair the lights.
The lorry driver, who did not want to be named, said: “Considering there are big industrial sites nearby, it is not easy at this junction.
“It is not an easily accessible route but apparently this is the main route for heavy loads.”
The incident was reported to Nottinghamshire Police at 1.40pm but the road was not closed as traffic was able to move freely.
No one was injured or arrested.
Resident Harry Potter, who lives opposite the new junction in Bowbridge Road, said: “The junction is designed disgracefully. It is just designed wrong.
“There was a lorry which hit the lights this morning and now this is the second lorry.
“My parents and I will be putting our house up for sale because we are fed up with the increased traffic and our driveway has been taken away.
“We were promised our earth back with some landscaping and electric gates, but we just had what looks like prison gates.”