Crime

Lorry driver jailed for dangerous driving leading to elderly pedestrian losing her leg

Blackfriars Crown Court in the City of London. Image: Google Street View

Blackfriars Crown Court in the City of London. Image: Google Street View

A 50-year-old Lorry driver has been jailed for 8 months for causing serious injury by dangerous driving on the Finchley Road.

The collision resulted in the victim’s leg to be amputated.

John Seaman from Woburn, Bedfordshire, pleaded guilty at Blackfriars Crown Court on Friday, 17th April.

He’s been disqualified from driving for a period of three years with a requirement to sit an extended re-test.

The incident occurred when he was driving a flat back lorry northbound following a bus.

Investigations discovered that when they approached the junction with Fairfax Road, Mr Seaman drove through an amber traffic light on a pelican crossing but was then forced to stop when the bus in front of him unexpectedly stopped.

When the bus in front of him moved off, Mr Seaman did the same colliding with a 79-year-old woman who was crossing from his near side on the pelican crossing with the ‘green man’ lit.

The collision took place at the intersection between Finchley Road and Collage Crescent. Image: Google Maps

The collision took place at the intersection between Finchley Road and Collage Crescent. Image: Google Maps

Police examination of the vehicle at the scene showed the nearside close proximity mirror was in a defective position.

It also showed that the victim would have been visible through the nearside window approaching the lorry.

Seaman claimed the mirror must have slipped into this position earlier in the day though he could not say when.

The victim suffered very serious injuries and as a result her right leg was amputated.

Det Sgt Chris Osborne from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Alperton said:

Lorry drivers have a duty of care to protect and look out for vulnerable road users. When sentencing Mr Seaman to a term of imprisonment the judge recognised the clear breach of that duty and stated this should be seen as a deterrent to other drivers of large vehicles on London’s streets.

The one mirror that could have prevented this incident was defective, but Mr Seaman still chose to move off having found himself in a dangerous position. A previously fit and active 79-year-old lady’s life has been changed for ever by the events of that day.

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