Dead bus driver’s daugh­ter feels ‘let down by the Crown’

Rutherglen Reformer - - News -

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

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