Lorry driver admits causing death of policeman PC Mark Goodlad on M1

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A LORRY driver has admitted causing the death of a policeman.

PC Mark Goodlad, 41, was killed as he helped a stranded motorist on the hard shoulder of the M1 at Crigglestone.

Lorry driver Andrew Abernethy, 45, pleaded guilty to causing the road traffic officers death by dangerous driving on October 24, 2011.

Leeds Crown Court heard today (Monday) Abernethy claimed he was distracted by a pain in his eye.

But the prosecution said it could also have involved some sleep related issue as his lorry had drifted off the road.

Sentencing was adjourned and Abernethy, of Rembrandt Walk, Oldham, was warned he faces a custodial sentence.

PC Goodlad, a married dad of one, had been in the police force for 10 years.

He was part of the motorway police unit but also taken the role of a family liaison officer.

A funeral, with full police honours, was held for PC Goodlad at Wakefield Cathedral in November, where the officer was hailed as a hero by the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire Police Sir Norman Bettison.