Bus driver convicted of death on Foleshill Road

|News, Driving offences

On 11 January 2017, James O'Reilly was the driver of a single decker bus heading towards Bedworth.

As the 55-year-old defendant approached the junction of Foleshill Road and Edmund Road, he pulled into a bus stop to allow passengers off the bus. He then set off and ahead of him was a pedestrian crossing.

Three pedestrians, one of which was 20-year-old Vakas Hussain, crossed the road just in front of that pedestrian crossing.

As the bus approached, the defendant saw the pedestrians, sounded his horn and slowed down. He did not, however, apply any emergency braking. Although the other two pedestrians managed to cross, Mr Hussain failed to reach the footpath and was struck by the front nearside of the bus. This resulted in him being thrown onto the footpath where he hit his head on a metal post.

The emergency services transferred the victim to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. He unfortunately sustained serious injuries, from which he passed away a few days later on 13 January.

O'Reilly was later arrested and appeared at Warwick Crown Court on 22 September 2017. He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Giovanni D'Alessandro, Senior Crown Prosecutor with West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"As James O'Reilly set off from the bus stop, he observed the victim crossing the road, however, failed to slow down sufficiently or stop his bus to allow Mr Hussain to cross the road safely. He sounded his horn, assuming the victim would hear and seek to avoid him. His decision not to stop the bus he was driving was a fatal one. His vehicle struck the victim resulting in him receiving fatal head injuries.

"We hope this prosecution reminds all road users to be mindful of one another at all times. Pedestrians are amongst the most vulnerable road users and drivers must drive carefully around them.

"Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Mr Hussain."

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