Kathleen Bellas death: Lorry driver Adam Rybicki jailed for 20 months

Kathleen Bellas Kathleen Bellas was driving to work when she was killed in the crash

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A lorry driver who was on the wrong side of the road when he hit and killed a woman coming towards him, has been jailed for 20 months.

Kathleen Bellas, 54, from Shap, died on 12 January when the lorry struck her Ford Focus on the A6 near Shap.

Adam Rybicki, 52, from Russell Rise, Luton, admitted causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Carlisle Crown Court.

Rybicki was also banned from driving for two years by Judge Peter Davies.

During an earlier hearing, Polish national Rybicki told the court he was "at a loss" to explain why he had been driving on the wrong side of the road.

Sentencing him, Judge Davies said: "The collision that occurred that morning was catastrophic.

"Nothing I say, nor any sentence I can pass can hope to compensate the loss of a priceless human life."

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