Family’s suffering was unacceptable
IT’S been too long coming but the family of Robert Gonzalez have finally seen justice done over his death. His mother tells of the torment they suffered as the German lorry driver who caused her son’s death managed to dodge prison for five years. Herbert Glaesser was making his first trip to the UK when he parked on the fast lane of the M26, thinking it was the hard shoulder. Mr Gonzalez, a father-of-one, was fatally injured when he crashed into the unlit trailer in the darkness. Glaesser is finally behind bars after being sentenced to four years in prison by a judge at Maidstone Crown Court in July 2007, when he was already back in Germany. But Mr Gonzalez’s family is quite rightly asking why it took almost three years for the sentence to be enforced. His brother Miguel has now lodged a complaint to Brussels, claiming that there should be a better legal framework to prevent such an unjust state of affairs. He says: “This is, after all, the 21st century and we are talking about two member states of the EU.” It is hard to disagree.
MORE disquiet this week over the treefelling spree at the Junction 9 and Drovers roundabouts in Ashford. The county council claims the lane-widening works will make it easier to travel across town. It has also promised complete relandscaping of the area to make it green again. We will be keeping a watchful eye to see if both pledges are fulfilled.