A bus driver mistook the accelerator for the brake and crushed a man to death after her No42 careered for 50 yards and mounted a pavement.Whoops!
Doris Osei, 44, took a sharp bend rapidly and rammed into Newell Lewis, 65, who was trapped in the railings of Burgess Park, Camberwell, in January last year. Osei, of Camberwell, a bus driver for a year, had received just 30 minutes' driver training by employer Go Ahead in the new model before starting her shift.Ooooh, long sentence for her and huuuuuuuuge insurance payout and maybe even an appearance in the dock for the directors, right?
She admitted causing death by careless driving and was sentenced to 12 months suspended for two years at Blackfriars crown court.There…are...no...words.
I accept that she didn't mean to kill anyone. But nothing? Nothing, at all, for not being in control of a multi-tonne vehicle?
Judge Aidan Marron told Osei he was taking into account she had a baby in suspending the sentence, adding: "I look at you as a woman who is consumed with regret and guilt." She got a two-year driving ban and was ordered to do 150 hours' community service.The family of the pedestrian believe the bus company should be in the dock too. As do I.