‘ban should be longer’
Lynch’s 18-month driving ban was bittersweet news for Mr Donnelly’s family.
Speaking after the sentencing, his daughter Kyla Donnelly said: “We are glad that it is finally over, but we’re not happy with the outcome. I wanted him [Lynch] off the road for longer. His ban should have been at least three years.
“I wouldn’t want to see anyone going to prison, so I can understand the decision for community service and a driving ban.
“However, he is a professional lorry driver – he should have known better and been more aware of his surroundings.
“I hope when he gets his licence back he is more aware.”
Miss Donnelly, who lives in Maidstone, added: “Now it is over we can try and move on with our lives. If he had just pleaded guilty in the first place, it would have been done and dusted a long time ago.”