Skip driver guilty of killing WW2 hero on A1079
A WAR hero was killed on the way to visit his wife in a care home when the car he was travelling in was hit by a truck.
Henry Norman Gostelow, 91, died when skip lorry driver John Jenkinson drove into the car being driven by Mr Gostelow's daughter on the A1079.
Mr Gostelow, who was on his way to visit his wife in a care home, was trapped inside the Ford Ka and died within hours.
Jenkinson, of Laughton Road, Beverley, has now pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.
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Judge John Dowse told him: "You have led a hitherto blameless life but a life has been lost. No sentence can help the family of Mr Gostelow.
"You did what each of us, I suspect, in our daily driving may do – you paid not sufficient enough attention to your driving.
"You didn't leave enough space, you didn't take into proper account the weight of your vehicle and you contributed to Mr Gostelow's death."
Hull Crown Court heard the crash was caused after a motorist slammed on his brakes to avoid striking a pheasant in June last year.
It caused Mr Gostelow's daughter to brake and Jenkinson's lorry crashed into the back of her car, crushing it into the car in front.
Jenkinson, 49, was driving a 32-tonne truck filled with waste for his employer Transwaste at the time and the court heard he was driving too closely to the car carrying Mr Gostelow.
He told the police: "I just misjudged the braking distance."
Jenkinson wept as Judge Dowse banned him from driving for 12 months, ordered him to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £850 court costs.
Father-of-three Mr Gostelow had been married to his wife Jean for 61 years.
Mr Gostelow, of West Ella Road, Kirk Ella, ran a successful leather business for many years in Holderness Road, east Hull.
Judge Dowse described him as a "remarkable man".
He said: "He led an interesting life, making it sadder that he died in such circumstances. He protected merchant ships from enemy artillery and ran a successful business well into his 70s."
Mr Gostelow was a lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy, in charge of protecting merchant ships carrying vital supplies in the Arctic convoys from being bombed during the Second World War. He was a keen yachtsman, mooring his vessel in Bridlington and Brough, and was a member of Hull Golf Club.
After the verdict, his son Tim paid tribute to his father.
He said: "He survived the Nazi bombings and played an important part in the war. He was a real character. Sadly, he didn't survive this.
"He was on his way to visit my mother in a care home in Anlaby. He went to see her every day."
Mr Gostelow Jnr described the sentence given to Jenkinson as "adequate".
He said: "He didn't set out to kill anyone. He has already suffered and will continue to suffer because of it."