Bus driver given community sentence and disqualification

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A first West Yorkshire bus driver was given a community sentence after he admitted causing the death of a 75 year old woman by driving without due care.

Mr Cameron, 45, was given a 12-month community order with 100 hours unpaid work, disqualified for 12 months and ordered to pay £1000 costs.

Shirley Jones, 75, suffered multiple injuries including a severe head injury and brain damage when she was struck by the bendy bus driven by Cameron on July 29, 2010. She was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she later died.

Mr Morris, representing Cameron, said the accident was caused by “a momentary loss of attention, and Mr Cameron’s sorrow and his regret are heartfelt.”

Sentencing Cameron, the Recorder of Leeds, Judge Peter Collier QC said: “This case is a terrible tragedy for all concerned. First and foremost for Shirley Jones and for her husband and family who have suffered enormously as a result of her loss, but also for Cameron who has to live with what has happened.

“The CCTV footage showed Mrs Jones stepped off the pavement on to the crossing when the lights were flashing and it is quite clear you just failed to see her, whether you were distracted by a bus in front we do not know.”

The judge stated nothing the court did could compensate the family of Mrs Jones for their loss and the criminal justice process is not designed to do so.