A 41-year-old man from Poland who set off a massive collision on the busy E18 motorway west of Oslo last spring was convicted on Wednesday and sentenced to three years and eight months in prison. The collision at Lier killed a 42-year-old Norwegian man and seriously injured another.
The vehicle driven by the man from Poland had been modified in an effort to carry the 1,176 liters of beer and 133 liters of liquor that police found on board, along with two knives. He was immediately suspected of smuggling and also was found to have been driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics or both.
He was charged with negligent homicide. The man’s driver’s license was revoked for the rest of his life and he was ordered to pay NOK 337,000 in compensation to the partner of the man killed in the collision, along with amounts totalling NOK 1 million to other victims of his negligence.
He was also convicted of having fled the scene of the accident. He had a record of earlier convictions driving under the influence and driving without a valid driver’s license.