COACH driver Daniel Parr has been jailed for two years for causing a young dad’s death when he drove too fast on an icy and foggy motorway.
The 25-year-old Megabus driver was travelling at his coach’s maximum speed of 62mph despite very poor visibility when he hit a Sainsbury’s lorry on the northbound carriageway of the M5, near Tewkesbury.
The articulated truck jacknifed and broke through the central barrier onto the other carriageway where ‘much loved’ engineer Raymond Vaughan, 30, was at the wheel of his car heading south.
Mr Vaughan, from Birmingham, was killed in the ensuing collision, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
In a statement his mother Julie Vaughan said she had not managed to sleep for a full night since the crash.
“I cry every day when I think of my son,” she stated. “Never being able to see him again, speak to him or hold him is tearing me apart.”
Mr Vaughan’s widow Hayley told in a statement how the family’s life had been devastated and she is now left alone to raise their two children, Lewis and Jessica.
“Our lives have been devastated and torn apart,” she stated.
Jailing Parr, also a dad of two, of Penallt Estate, Llanelly Hill, Abergavenny, Judge Susan Evans told him: “It was cold, foggy and icy and conditions were deteriorating as you drove.
“You said in your interview with the police that your visibility was less than a cricket pitch, 22 metres, just before the collision.
“The impression is that other users of the motorway were generally travelling at 40-45mph.
“You, it appears, were driving your Volvo coach at its maximum physical speed and a collision with another slower moving vehicle was almost inevitable in the dense fog.”
Mr Vaughan’s wife, mother and other family members wept in court as sentence was passed.
In addition to the jail term, Parr was disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to take an extended test before he can drive again.
He had pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mr Vaughan on the M5 on December 12 by driving his Cardiff to Leeds Megabus dangerously.
Prosecutor Martin Steen said Parr had driven from Cardiff that morning and passengers on the coach felt he was going fast for the conditions.
Robin Shellard, defending, said Parr was filled with a sense of deep, heartfelt and genuine remorse.