By Indigo Stafford
Photo Above: Edinburgh High Court © Ian McNally
A delivery driver, who had been working two jobs back to back, killed a fellow motorist after falling asleep at the wheel.
Ion Rusu, 41, was today sentenced to four years at The Edinburgh High Court for committing death by dangerous driving.
Marek Majewski, 25, lost his life after Russu “momentarily lost consciousness” while approaching a roundabout on the A9 motorway in Dunblane.
Majewski died at the scene when his car was forced into the back of a lorry after being hit by the Russo’s transit van.
A 26-year-old, woman, who was a passenger in the victim’s car, also sustained serious injuries and required sessions of physiotherapy.
Rusu, who grew up in an orphanage in Romania and attended university there, was also severely injured in the crash.
He claimed to have no recollection of the crash, only finding out that he had killed someone when he regained consciousness in hospital.
Rusu’s lawyer told courts how his client had admitted that it was: “poor judgement when he accepted another job without sufficient sleep.”
The delivery worker had driven all through the night until 7am, and began working again at 5pm on the same day after sleeping in his van.
Rusu, had previously lost his wife and stepchild in a separate traffic accident, his lawyer said that he felt,“remorseful for the family of the victim not being able to spend time with him on Christmas.”
Judge Lord Brailsford said: “There is no doubt that this tragic accident occurred because you fell asleep at the wheel and collided with the deceased’s car.
“It would appear by what you said to the police you were aware you were tired, and were often tired.”
The judge’s decision was to sentence Rusu to four and a half years of imprisonment, on account of his guilty plea.
Russu has also been disqualified from driving for six years.