Bus driver admits central city fatal crash

Bus stopA bus driver has admitted that his careless driving – going through a red light in the central city – killed a 45-year-old Christchurch woman and injured a man in the car he rammed.

Lindsay John Taylor, 60, initially said he believed he had entered the Colombo Street-Kilmore Street intersection on a green light but accepted after seeing the police video that the light was red.

He pleaded guilty in the Christchurch District Court today to charges of causing death and injury by careless driving.

Judge Brian Callaghan remanded him on bail for sentencing on June 29, and sent the case for a restorative justice conference, a pre-sentence report, and victim impact statements.

Police prosecutor Glenn Henderson told the court the accident happened at 8pm on October 4 when Taylor, a driver for the Red Bus Company, was driving his bus with fare-paying passengers on Kilmore Street.

A car drove through the Colombo Street intersection on a green light, but was hit by the bus when Taylor went through the red light and hit it in the passenger side door, pushing the car sideways across the intersection.

Trish Beets, the passenger, received immediate fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The car driver was hospitalised for six days and received moderate to severe bruising, broken ribs, and a punctured lung.


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