Indian-origin driver pleads guilty to deaths in pile-up
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An Indian-origin coach driver has pleaded guilty to causing the deaths of two men in a horrific motorway crash last year after he parked his vehicle on a carriageway and a lorry ploughed into it.
Jasminder Singh Dhesi, 50, who will be sentenced next month, was arrested in March last year after a coach carrying fruit-pickers was struck by a lorry on the M5 near Birmingham. Dhesi, from Great Barr, Birmingham, yesterday pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving at Birmingham Crown Court, the Daily Mail reported. "The coach did break down three times. The defendant admits that he was aware it had broken down three times. The analysis showed all three break-downs were on the motorway," Prosecutor Neil Bannister told the court.
"After the first break-down he managed to get up to a speed of 26mph and then it broke down a second time. He knew] he was in difficulty at that point. Conditions were poor,"] Bannister said. "The defendant then took the decision knowing that his] coach was in a poor state to take that risk to drive off again and on driving off again it only reached a speed of 25mph and]' then broke down a third and fatal time," he added.
Wearing a grey suit with a purple turban, Dhesi showed little emotion as he was warned he almost certainly faced] prison. Judge Peter Carr bailed Dhesi and ordered him to return to court on February 12 for sentencing.
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