Pair sentenced after death of teen in Coalville bus crash

A husband and wife have been convicted of a number of driving offences after the death of a teenager in a bus crash in Coalville earlier this year.

Michael John Parker, 62, from Coalville, appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 26 September where he pleaded guilty to driving otherwise than in accordance with a license, driving without insurance and carrying passengers to danger.

He was given a four year driving disqualification and fined £235.

His wife Paula Parker, 54, stood trial at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday 31 October) where she was found guilty of using, causing and permitting no insurance and using, causing and permitting no driving licence.

She was fined £120, ordered to pay a total of £90 costs and had her driving licence endorsed with eight penalty points. 

The charges relate to a collision in Meadow Lane in Coalville on Monday 28 January, where Mr Parker was driving a double decker bus.

As he drove along Meadow Lane after collecting a bus full of children, he collided with 15-year-old Sian Ellis.

Sian, from Whitwick, sustained serious injuries and died at the scene. 

Enquiries carried out by Police found that Mr Parker only had a provisional licence which as a result meant he didn’t have valid insurance at the time of the collision.

It was also found that Mr Parker was carrying over the maximum amount of passengers allowed on the bus and that a small number of children were standing near to the lower level windscreen, an area where they shouldn’t be standing. 

Mrs Parker was charged as she was transport manager for the family business, Rigley’s Hire Limited.

Detective Sergeant Gary Haines, who led the investigation, said: “The joint police and Driving and Vehicles Standards Agency (DVSA) investigation following the collision found that Mr and Mrs Parker didn’t have the sufficient licences and insurance and were therefore operating illegally.”

“A subsequent enquiry carried out by the Traffic Commissioner led to the couple being banned indefinitely from holding an operator’s licence, a licence which is needed to operate any kind of commercial haulage or bus company.”

Daniel Barker, DVSA Vehicle Enforcement Manager said: “DVSA’s priority is to protect everyone from unsafe drivers and vehicles.

“Bus drivers and operators have a huge responsibility to keep the public safe. This operator failed at a very basic level to ensure that the bus was driven by a licenced person. 

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