Grandma killed in head-on crash with careless bin lorry driver
A careless bin lorry driver has admitted causing the death of a grandma of seven in a horrific crash. Lynda Rogers, who has seven grandchildren, died when the lorry smashed into her car on the A511. The tragedy happened in December 2020, but now driver Mark Wyatt has appeared in court to admit he was to blame.
It comes after Mrs Rogers, 70, was described as "feisty and determined" by family. She died at the scene of the smash in Swannington Road, in Ravenstone, just outside Coalville. And Wyatt appeared at Leicester Crown Court yesterday, June 13.
READ MORE: Man arrested on suspicion of drink driving after car crash in Burton He was given a 10-month suspended sentence for causing death by careless driving. The AA came in for criticism from the judge during the hearing, as Wyatt clipped the rescue service's broken-down pick-up truck before careering head-on into Mrs Rogers' car.
The judge criticised the AA for failing to make sure the pick-up truck was visible in the road, as its hazard lights were not working - and not making sure the married couple inside were waiting a safe distance from the vehicle. The bright orange pick-up truck broke down on a section of Swannington Road with a 30mph limit which had cones put down due to resurfacing work. Its hazard lights were switched on, but not working and the couple inside had already been visited by one driver from the AA, who summoned a larger tow-truck to move their vehicle - but its arrival was delayed by about one-and-a half hours.The scene of the crash. (Image: Leicester Mercury)
Wyatt, who worked for North West Leicestershire District Council then came down the road behind the pick-up truck at 38mph carrying a load of cardboard.
He failed to see the Ranger, even though it would have been visible from 100-to-200 yards away, despite the damp and drizzly conditions and clipped it without braking. The bin lorry then careered onto the other side of the road and hit Mrs Rogers' oncoming Ford Focus, before continuing onto an embankment and tipping over. Passing motorists, including an off-duty nurse, stopped to help, but Mrs Rogers was pronounced dead at the scene, LeicestershireLive reports.
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.The accident saw emergency services flock to the scene. (Image: Leicester Mercury)
Elizabeth Reeves, one of Mrs Rogers' three grown-up daughters, read a moving statement on behalf of her heartbroken 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.
Her other two daughters attended the hearing via video link, but left briefly while CCTV footage of the fatal collision was played. Wyatt, of Millfield Crescent, Braunstone, Leicester, has since lost his job. He 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 man, 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 10 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.