A man who fatally struck a pensioner while driving a bus has been jailed after a court heard he hid problems with his eyesight from his employers.
Derek Coleman, 82, was hit by the double-decker bus in the Civic Square, Tilbury on August 20, 2015, and died of his injuries on September 1 at the Royal London Hospital, Essex police have said.
Failed to disclose failing eye sight
Stephen Thompson, 49, was driving the vehicle at the time the fatal incident occurred.
It has been revealed that he had failed to disclose to the DVLA and his employers that his eyesight had deteriorated and that he was suffering from type 2 diabetes.
Mr Thompson, of no fixed abode, was jailed for 12 months at Basildon Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving and one count of fraud by false representation.
He has also been banned from driving for three-and-a-half years and will have to take an extended driving test before he is able to retrieve his licence.
A ‘cavalier attitude’
A blind spot was the cause of the accident, the court heard.
But investigating officer Steve Catton, of Essex Police, said: “Whilst these health issues were not the cause of the collision, they were an aggravating factor and Thompson ignored the requirements placed upon him as a driver.”
Mr Catton said that in continuing to drive the bus every day, despite knowing of his ongoing health conditions, shows Mr Thomson had a “cavalier attitude to driving”.
He said: “Tragically his selfish actions resulted in the death of Mr Coleman. I hope Mr Coleman’s family can take some comfort that Thompson is now serving a custodial sentence.”
The officer is now appealing to other drivers with undisclosed medical conditions to seriously consider the implications of not informing their employers or the DVLA.
He continued: “It is important to remember that holding a driving licence is a privilege and not a right. If you’re going to drive, you owe it to other road users and yourself to comply with the requirements placed upon you.”
Source: The Guardian