‘We are still waiting for him to come home’ – family of M4 lorry crash victim’s heartbreaking words in court

The family of a much-loved man who was about to become a grandfather have said they are still waiting for him to come home from work as his killer was sentenced to just over five years in jail. Simon “Clodge” Clover was killed while sitting in the front seat of a truck on his way home from work in the early hours of September 24 as another articulated lorry ploughed into the back of his vehicle. He suffered crushing injuries to his chest, and died instantly.

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Mr Clover’s daughter, Rebecca, read a victim statement on behalf of her mother to Swindon Crown Court on Tuesday (July 12), where Jamie Emrys Lewis, who had fallen asleep at the wheel of his Scania lorry and caused the crash, was sentenced. Speaking of the moment police told her that her husband had died, she “dropped to the floor screaming”. Her daughter was “angry”, saying “you’ve got the wrong person, how could anyone kill my dad”.

“I physically couldn’t speak through sobbing. “The police sat us down and tried to speak to us, but we were in complete shock and going mad. “We are still waiting for him to come home and tell us he was working away.

“Knowing we will never see him again is the worst feeling in the world.” She told the court that “Clodge”, who was 50 when he died, “did everything for our family”. He often worked alongside his son, Jack, but he had taken that week off.

“I haven’t washed his pillowcase as I couldn’t do it; it smells of him,” the statement continued. “Clodge had another 40-odd years left in him, he was fit and healthy. Myself and my children have to go on with our lives, without a dad and a husband.

“Clodge will never get to see his grandchildren or see his children get married. “I feel like the man who killed Clodge has got away with it because it’s almost been two years since it happened. “He’s able to work, enjoy his life, celebrate birthdays.”

“I feel like we are the ones who were handed a life sentence,” Rebecca continued, reading from the statement, occasionally looking to Lewis sat in the dock. “We are the ones who have lost the most important person in our lives.

Lewis, of Pretoria Road in Tonyrefail, Wales, was jailed for five years and two months.

The 38-year-old was given a five-year driving ban, extended for 31 months, and must pass an extended retest.