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A bin lorry driver has been jailed following a fatal collision in Castle Vale

Sarah Mason 26th Nov, 2018 Updated: 27th Nov, 2018

A BIN lorry driver who killed a teenager in a horrific crash has been jailed.

Holly Brown, aged 14, was on a coach carrying 21 students from John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood, which was travelling into Birmingham for a school trip in July 2017.

As they travelled along the A38 Kingsbury Road, Castle Vale, the bin lorry, driven by 52-year-old Nicholas Buck, emerged from an intersection straight into the side of the coach injuring several pupils and tragically killing Holly.

Buck, of Kingshurst Way, Birmingham pleaded guilty to death by dangerous driving and was jailed for three years and four months in prison and handed a driving ban for five years and eight months.

Detective Sergeant Alan Hands, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “A young girl tragically lost her life as a result of dangerous driving.

“Holly had her whole life ahead of her and this sentence should serve as a reminder of the importance of taking care on the road.

“Although this result will never bring Holly back, I sincerely hope her family find some comfort knowing Buck is behind bars and we continue to do all we can to make the roads safer.”

The family of Holly have previously paid tribute to their ‘beautiful daughter and twin sister’.

They said: “Holly, our beautiful daughter and twin sister to Emma, we are so proud of what you achieved. You grasped every opportunity that life presented to you, displaying so much passion, enthusiasm and determination in pursuit of your dreams.

“All this without forgetting to care about people, being there for others and having time for those that needed it.

“We will miss you so much but you will always be in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.

“Love Mum, Dad and Emma xxx”

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