Driver jailed for A450 fatality after she fell asleep behind the wheel

10/11/2016

A driver who lost control of her vehicle potentially owing to her falling asleep at the wheel, which killed the driver of another vehicle and seriously injured it passenger, has today been jailed at Worcester Crown Court for two years and nine months, disqualified from driving for five years and until she has passed an extended test.

Shirley Glover, 50, from Stourport-on-Severn failed to notify the DVLA of an active medical condition - Obstructive Sleep Apnoea - with which she was first dialogised with in 2014. Glover was advised to avoid driving when tired and was under a duty to contact the DVLA as her symptoms could affect her ability to drive safely. The DVLA received no such notification from Ms Glover.

On 21 March 2016, the defendant left work early as she was not feeling well.  She had taken three prescription medicines which had warnings concerning drowsiness and driving motor vehicles. She took the decision to get into her Volvo XC60 and drive home. That route took her along the A450.

As Glover approached the area of Shenstone, heading along the A450, her vehicle crossed the white line dividing the carriageway. The defendant's vehicle collided head-on with an MG3 motor vehicle, which was occupied by Stuart Frost (the driver of the vehicle) and his partner. Mr Frost was pronounced dead at the scene.  His partner, who was the front seat passenger, was taken to hospital with multiple injuries.

Investigators examined the cause of the collision. They determined that the collision was a result of Glover's vehicle being on the wrong side of the road. When her medical records were reviewed the investigators uncovered her medical condition.

Glover pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Ian Crooks, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"This prosecution highlights the consequences of failing to heed medical advice and to drive in circumstances where it may not be safe to so do.

"Shirley Glover failed to follow these instructions. She was fully aware of her Obstructive Sleep Apnoea, yet she still got behind the wheel of her car when feeling tired. As a result she failed to control that vehicle. It then crossed the carriageway and into the path of the oncoming MG3 being driven by Mr Frost. The consequences of Glover's failure to control her vehicle were devastating.

"Our thoughts are today are very much with the family and friends of Stuart Frost."