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Birmingham RCV driver jailed for fatal collision

By 26/11/2018News

A Birmingham ‘bin lorry’ driver has been jailed following a collision which left a schoolgirl with fatal injuries last year.

On the morning of Friday 7 July 2017 a coach, carrying 21 students from John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood, was travelling into Birmingham for a school trip.

Holly Brown was left with fatal injuries after a collision involving a bin lorry last year

As they travelled along the A38 Kingsbury Road, a bin lorry, driven by 52-year-old Nicholas Buck, emerged from an intersection straight into the side of the coach injuring several pupils and killing 14-year-old Holly Brown (see story)


At Birmingham Crown Court on 8 October, Mr Buck, of Kingshurst Way, Birmingham pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and has today (26 November) been sentenced to 40 months in prison and a 68 month driving ban, with an extended retest before he is allowed back behind the wheel.

The family of Holly have previously paid tribute to their “beautiful daughter and twin sister”.

They said: “We will miss you so much but you will always be in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.”

Detective Sergeant Alan Hands, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A young girl tragically lost her life as a result of dangerous driving. Holly had her whole life ahead of her and this sentence should serve as a reminder of the importance of taking care on the road.

“Although this result will never bring Holly back, I sincerely hope her family find some comfort knowing Buck is behind bars and we continue to do all we can to make the roads safer.”

Reports in the Midlands noted that the driver was an agency worker for Birmingham city council and was sacked after the incident.

(source: West Midlands Police)

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