BIN LORRY DRIVER IS JAILED FOR KILLING TEEN
Dancer Holly died after minibus crash on school trip
A BIN lorry driver whose vehicle crashed into a minibus causing the death of a 14- yearold schoolgirl has been jailed for three years and four months.
Nicholas Buck, 52, of Kingshurst Way, Kingshurst, pleaded guilty to causing the death by dangerous driving of ballet- loving Holly Brown. He was also banned from driving for five years and eight months.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that Buck, while remorseful, maintained the minibus had been speeding before the tragedy on the A38 Kingsbury Road, in Castle Vale, on July 7, 2017.
But Judge Avik Mukherjee told him had did not tell the police the entire truth and had “no reasonable excuse” for failing to see the minibus.
Holly, a student at John Taylor High School in Barton Under Needwood, near Lichfield, was pronounced dead at the scene.
She was among a group of pupils and teachers travelling on an art trip.
James Dunstan, prosecuting, said: “The tragedy occurred on a dry day. The victim was on a school trip going to the Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston.
“It was a 29- seater minibus and there were 21 pupils and three staff. Buck was driving a recycling lorry.
“He obviously did not see the minibus. He collided with the minibus and killed Holly instantly.”
Mr Dunstan said those on the minibus were “distraught” in the aftermath of the crash. Andrew Jackson, defending, said Buck had written a note to the family which showed an “immediate degree of remorse.”
“The speed was not mercifully of the greatest. This is not a case where he has denied responsibility, said Mr jackson.
“The suffering he has experienced is not in any way comparable to that suffered by Holly’s family. This is not a heartless and uncaring man. The remorse he has expressed is genuine. He did not set out to do this.”
The court heard that Buck had a previous conviction for driving without due care and attention on July 29 2014, when he hit another driver’s wing mirror.
Judge Mukherjee told him: “You have relevant previous convictions which aggravate your situation. Holly was an artist and was excited.
“The trip had not started before it came to a tragic conclusion. Holly was wearing her seat belt sitting near the back.”
“You were not a novice driver of such a vehicle. Driving such a vehicle as this brings with it responsibility. It is a powerful machine.”
He said Buck had turned right and failed to give way at a junction, adding: “There was no reasonable excuse for you failing to see that coach.”
He said the minibus driver had done what he could to avoid the bin lorry.
“Your lorry struck the rear area where Holly was sitting with catastrophic results,” said the judge.
“Mercifully there were no
You were not a novice driver of such a vehicle. Driving such a vehicle as this brings with it responsibility. It is a powerful machine. There was no reasonable excuse for you failing to see that coach. JUDGE AVIK MUKHERJEE
other serious physical injuries. You did not tell the police the whole truth in the interview. This was a seriously dangerous manoeuvre, a manoeuvre impossible to complete. I am satisfied there has been a serious psychological impact on two passengers sitting next to Holly. I hope the end of these proceeding will bring some minor comfort to Holly’s family.”