Bin lorry driver kills ‘feisty and determined’ gran in head-on crash

A grandmother-of-seven was killed after a bin lorry clipped a broken down AA pick-up truck and smashed head-on into her car. Lynda Rogers, 70, who was described as a much-loved “feisty and determined” traveller by her heartbroken family, died at the scene in Leicestershire. The bin lorry driver Mark Wyatt, 53, admitted causing her death by careless driving in Swannington Road, in Ravenstone, near Coalville on December 2, 2020.

He was handed a suspended ten-month jail sentence at Leicester Crown Court on Monday June 13. Mrs Rogers’ family said their lives were “tainted with sadness” after her loss. Wyatt was said to be “full of remorse” and was said to be devastated by the incident, our sister title LeicestershireLive reports.

READ MORE: Drunk dad-of-six went to KFC with Samurai sword down trousers to buy kids 1am meal The judge criticised the AA for failing to ensure the pick-up truck was visible in the road, as its hazard lights were not working. The breakdown service were also criticised for not making sure a married couple inside, who were reportedly left “mentally scarred”, were waiting a safe distance from the vehicle.

The orange pick-up truck that was clipped in the incident had broken down on Swannington Road in Leicestershire. At the time, the road had a a 30mph limit and cones were down due to resurfacing work. The pick-up truck’s hazard lights were switched on, but not working and the couple inside had already been visited by one driver from the AA.

However it was decided a larger tow-truck to move their vehicle was required – but its arrival was delayed by about one-and-a half hours.

A number of people tried to stop to help Lynda Rogers, 70, but she was declared dead at the scene

Wyatt, a worker at North West Leicestershire District Council then travelled down the road, behind the pick-up truck, a Ranger, at 38mph carrying a load of cardboard. Wyatt failed to see the Ranger, even though it would have been visible from 100-200 yards away despite the damp and drizzly conditions. He clipped it without braking, and then careered onto the other side of the road and hit Mrs Rogers’ oncoming Ford Focus.

He then continued onto an embankment, before tipping over. Passing motorists, including an off-duty nurse, rushed to help, but Mrs Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene. The wife in the pick-up truck also suffered neck and shoulder injuries and, the court heard, the crash had left the couple mentally scarred.

Elizabeth Reeves, one of Mrs Rogers’ three daughters, read a moving statement on behalf of the devastated family. She described her mother “amazing, strong and caring” and a much-loved “feisty and determined” adventurous overseas traveller, who was on her way back from clay pigeon shooting when she died. She added Mrs Rogers adored her grandchildren and family occasions were now “tainted with sadness” without her.

Wyatt, of Millfield Crescent, Braunstone, Leicester, has since lost his job.

Grandmother-of-seven Lynda Rogers was killed after a bin lorry clipped a broken down pick-up truck and smashed head-on into her car

Wyatt has no previous convictions, the court heard. In interview, the divorced father-of-three grown-up children, described feeling “devastated” by the fatality. He is currently on medication for anxiety and depression.

Ian Bridge, mitigating, said the defendant was full of remorse and wished he could “turn back the clock”. He added: “It was a tragic mistake and he’s so very sorry for what he’s done – and it will be very upsetting to hear of the impact that Mrs Rogers’ death has had on her daughters. “He thinks about what happened every day.

It wasn’t until the last one or two seconds that he realised the Ford Ranger – without hazard warning lights – was not moving.” Judge Keith Rayner said: “No sentence I pass is going to give life back to Lynda Rogers and that’s the tragic reality.” He added: “I take the view the actions of the AA contributed to the commission of the offence.” The AA worker, who initially attended the breakdown, made a statement in which he said he considered it had been left in a “safe position” awaiting a bigger tow-truck and was on a straight stretch of road when the weather was clearer and brighter and before it was known the hazard warning lights had stopped working.

Wyatt’s ten-month jail sentence was suspended for two years.

He was also banned from driving for three years, ordered to do 120 hours of unpaid work and pay GBP500 costs.

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