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Award for dead lorry driver
Michael Little
Michael Little was praised by police for keeping his lorry under control

A lorry driver who died when a brick was thrown through his windscreen has been posthumously honoured in a ceremony in the United States.

Michael Little suffered heart failure when the brick smashed into his cab as he drove along the M3 in Camberley, Surrey, in March.

Despite his injuries he managed to control his vehicle and pull onto the hard shoulder.

The 53-year-old, from Hornchurch, Essex, had worked for Ford as a lorry driver for 26 years.

Memorial plaque

His partner Sue Norman flew to Ford's world-wide headquarters in Detroit, Michigan, to receive a president's health and safety award on Mr Little's behalf for his courageous actions.

Miss Norman, said: "His actions in pulling his lorry onto the hard shoulder, putting the hazard lights on and turning off the ignition to spare further injury to other drivers demonstrate how seriously he took his job, and his sheer courage and professionalism in extremity.

"It has been seven months since Micky was taken from his family and friends so cruelly, but the passage of time does not make our loss any easier."

A memorial plaque is being designed for the pedestrian bridge over the M3 close to where Mr Little was killed.

  • Craig Harman, 19, of Glamis Close, Frimley, has been charged with the murder of Mr Little,

    He is due to appear at the Old Bailey on 10 November.

    Man in court over lorry murder
    31 Oct 03  |  England

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