Footballer Jordan Robertson jailed after admitting causing fatal crash

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A Championship footballer who killed a father of five in a crash on Christmas Day was starting a 32-month jail sentence today.

Jordan Robertson, 21, was handed the sentence at Leicester Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.



He was also banned from driving for five years.



The Sheffield United striker hit a Ford Galaxy driven by Omar Mohamed on the southbound carriageway of the M1 near Lutterworth in Leicestershire at about 2.50pm on Christmas Day.



After the crash Mr Mohamed, 38, from Leicester, was airlifted to Walsgrave Hospital in Coventry, but died at 4.15pm on Boxing Day with his wife at his side. Nobody else was injured in the crash.



Robertson, of Hazelbarrow Road, Sheffield, was on loan at Southampton FC when the crash happened.



He later told police he had been trying to change songs on his iPod in the black Mercedes CLC 180 sport car when he ploughed into the father-of-five.



Born in Sheffield, Robertson joined his hometown club Sheffield United as a trainee but has spent much of his career on loan to various other clubs, including Torquay United, Northampton Town, Oldham Athletic, Sheffield United's Hungarian sister club Ferencvaros and most recently League Two side Bury.



Today a Sheffield United spokesman said: "The club's thoughts are still primarily with the family of the victim at the moment but at the moment it is too early to say anything else."