Bus driver sentenced for fatal careless driving in Bridgend

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A bus driver who caused the death of an elderly woman after hitting a stationary car and trapping her underneath it has been sentenced at Cardiff Crown Court.

Jay Stolzenberg, 25, was driving the bus on a road in Bridgend and tried to pull around the stationary vehicle. However, he struck it just as Glenys Thomas was getting into the passenger side of the car.

The collision jolted the car forward, causing the 76-year-old lady to fall under the car. She sustained fractures to her upper body as well as crush injuries to her legs. Sadly, Mrs Thomas died after three months of hospital treatment.

Leighton Mawer of the Crown Prosecution Service said: “There was an error of judgement that day by Jay Stolzenberg which had tragic consequences.

“Professional drivers have a high duty of care, not only to their passengers, but also to other road users.

“Our thoughts have been with the family of Mrs Thomas throughout the court process.”

Jay Stolzenberg was sentenced to 27 weeks imprisonment, suspended for two years. He must also complete 150 hours of unpaid work, is disqualified from driving for two years and must take an extended driving test.