Dead bus driver’s daughter feels ‘let down by the Crown’
A Rutherglen woman whose dad was killed when a bus driver blacked out and crashed into him has spoken of her despair that he won’t face criminal charges.
Jim Lochrie’s daughter, Elaine, has added her voice to the growing criticism of the Crown Office which ruled out a case against First Bus driver, David Logue.
Jim (62) of Castlemilk died when the double-decker bus driven by his colleague Logue careered into him as he waited at a bus stop to take over the shift on Cathcart Road, Glasgow, in March 2012.
Logue had not fully disclosed his medical history to the DVLA.
When a fatal accident inquiry ( FAI) into Jim’s death ended last week, Elaine, of Rutherglen, said drivers who lie to the DVLA and cause deaths must be punished.
Telling The Reformer’s sister paper, the Sunday Mail, sales assistant Elaine (35) said: “These people are getting away without having to face justice and families aren’t getting the closure they deserve.
“It’s really tough. It was presented to us by the Crown that there’s no law that covers this incident.
“If that turns out to be inaccurate, then we’ll have major issues with the decision not to prosecute.”
She continued: “We feel let down by the Crown over the whole process. Decisions appear to be made without finding all the facts in these cases. There doesn’t appear to be an informed decision and that shows little respect for the families who have to live with these decisions.”
Elaine and Jim’s widow Teresa (64) sat through 14 days of evidence at Glasgow Sheriff Court before the inquiry in front of Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell ended on Tuesday of last week.
The FAI heard Logue had suffered repeated blackouts but did not disclose his full medical history to doctors or the DVLA.
Logue had crashed on Glasgow’s Maryhill Road after fainting in 1998 and blacked out and crashed into another bus at the First Bus depot in Victoria Road in 2008.
His licence was suspended after both incidents, but given back to him after medical investigations.
Logue denied having had any dizzy spells prior to his blackout in 1998 and denied having lost consciousness in 2004.
The Lochrie family are calling for the law to be changed to make it easier to prosecute drivers who lie to the DVLA about their medical history.
Crash The scene where Jim Lochrie was killed in 2012
Tragic Jim Lochrie