Birmingham RCV driver jailed for fatal collision

Birmingham RCV driver jailed for fatal collision

Bin lorry driver jailed for schoolgirls death

Nicholas Buck, 52, drove into the rear of the minibus, killing Holly Brown instantaneously last year, Birmingham crown court heard.

Sentencing Buck, who, just weeks before the crash had eight penalty points cleared from his licence after failing to stop at a 2014 crash, the judge said he had performed a seriously dangerous manoeuvre.

Buck was jailed for three years and fours months and disqualified from driving for five years and eight months, after previously pleading guilty to causing Hollys death by dangerous driving.

Bin Lorry driver who killed girl, 14, by crashing into school bus is jailed

In court on Monday, Hollys father, Martin, and mother, Sari, paid tribute to their daughter and said their lives had been left broken and empty and incomplete.

Buck had been working as an agency driver for Birmingham city council on a recycling route when the crash happened on the A38 Kingsbury Road in Birmingham on 7 July 2017.

Opening the case, James Dunstan, prosecuting, said Holly was among 21 students from John Taylor high school in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, on a school trip to the citys botanical gardens and to Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Everyone on board had been wearing seat belts.

Dunstan said the coach driver, Gavin Bagnall, was travelling at 39mph on the 40mph dual carriageway when the bin lorry pulled out from his right, hitting the side of the passing minibus.

The prosecutor said: You can actually see from the coachs CCTV, Mr Buck is pulling out from the right. It [the lorry] doesnt stop, it simply continues as though Mr Bagnalls vehicle was not there.

Bagnall did all he could, the court heard, pulling left into a bus stop, but not enough to fully clear his bus from the path of Bucks turning lorry.

Dunstan said: As Mr Buck was still turning to his right, the near-side of the lorry cab collided with the minibus and killed Holly Brown instantaneously.

The force of the crash knocked the minibus on to its near-side wheels but mercifully righted itself, without rolling. Buck stopped at the scene, with those onboard left distraught by what had happened, the court heard.

A victim impact statement by Hollys twin sister, Emma, described her sibling, who enjoyed dance and art, as the half of me Ill never be able to get back. We had a special bond only a twin could understand. I always knew she was going to do great things.

Her father read his personal tribute in court. I still find it hard to accept my beautiful daughter is no longer with us. The hole the death has left in our lives is truly enormous.

He described a traffic officer coming to the familys door an hour after his wife had dropped Holly at school for the trip, to tell them the news.

Mr Brown added: All around us there are constant daily reminders that we are a family of three and not of four, and it makes me feel so empty and incomplete. We have to live with the sadness every day now, for the rest of our lives. It is a much quieter house now. Gone are the giggles from the upstairs, of the children playing.

The judge, Avik Mukherjee, told Buck, of Kingshurst, Birmingham, that his 2014 driving offence and his attempt to blame the crash on Bagnall were significant aggravating factors.

He found Buck, who he accepted had expressed heartfelt remorse, had lied to police in his interview, claiming he had paused for five to 10 seconds before pulling out. That wasnt true, the judge told him, adding that Buck himself had told traffic officers he considered the road treacherous. Mukherjee added: Perhaps worst of all, you laid the blame at Mr Bagnalls door, suggesting he himself had been speeding.

Jailing Buck, the judge said: This was a seriously dangerous manoeuvre, on this road, in that vehicle, being driven by you, a public servant. It was a manoeuvre impossible to complete safely.

Holly Brown, 14, was killed instantaneously when a bin lorry driven by 52-year-old Nicholas Buck hit the school bus travelling on the A38 Kingsbury Road, Birmingham, on July 7, last year.

Buck was jailed for three years and fours months and disqualified from driving for five years and eight months by a judge at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday, after previously pleading guilty to causing Hollys death by dangerous driving.

Hollys father Martin and mother Sari, paid tribute to their beautiful daughter and said their lives had been left broken, empty and incomplete.

Holly Brown, 14, who was killed when a bin lorry driven by Nicholas Buck, 52, hit her school bus on July 7 2017. Buck has been jailed for three years and four months for causing her death. (West Midlands Police).MoreHer father, at times emotional, read his personal tribute in court and described a traffic officer coming to the familys home just pone hour after his wife had dropped their excited daughter off at school, to tell them the news.

He said: All around us there are constant daily reminders we are a family of three and not of four, and it makes me feel so empty and incomplete.

As funny as it might sound, I also miss the quarrels and arguments for these are also a reminder of a life, a life that exists for me only in the past, now.

The school minibus hit by Nicholas Buck, 52, which killed Holy Brown, 14, as she traveled to a school trip on July 7 2017. (PA)MoreHe added: The dreams about where she would go in life, and what she would do and places she would visit.

The accident that could so easily have been averted has deprived Holly of this, and it feels such a waste of life.

A victim impact statement by Hollys twin sister Emma described her sibling as the half of me Ill never be able to get back, as her family sat in the packed public gallery.

Nicholas Buck (right), who has been jailed for three years four months for causing the death of Holly Brown, 14, by dangerous driving. (PA)MoreStory ContinuesBuck, had eight penalty points, which were imposed when he failed to stop at an accident in 2014, scraped from his licence weeks before the crash, and had been working as an agency driver for Birmingham City Council since January 2017, when the crash happened.

Holly was among 21 students from John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, on a school trip to the citys botanical gardens and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

James Dunstan, prosecuting, said coach driver, Gavin Bagnall, was travelling at 39mph on the 40mph dual carriageway, when the lorry pulled out, hitting the side of the bus.

Mr Dunstan said: As Mr Buck was still turning to his right, the near-side of the lorry cab collided with the minibus and killed Holly Brown instantaneously.

Buck stopped at the scene, and passengers were left distraught by what had happened, the court heard.

Two of Hollys friends who survived had suffered flashbacks, nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder, following the crash but no others were left with serious physical injuries.

Judge Avik Mukherjee told Buck, of Kingshurt Way, Kingshurst, Birmingham, that his previous driving offence from 2014 and his attempt to lay blame for the crash at Mr Bagnalls door were significant aggravating factors, though he accepted Buck expressed remorse.

Jailing Buck the judge said: This was a seriously dangerous manoeuvre, on this road, in that vehicle, being driven by you, a public servant.

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