A PEDESTRIAN lost his life as he took his dog for a walk.
Pensioner Peter Shephard was walking along a grassed area in Moss Valley, Wrexham.
Driver Lester Kilshaw overtook a bus, the driver was confronted by an on-coming vehicle, clipped the front of the bus as he tried to get back to his correct side of the road and his car span out of control.
Mr Shephard, 70, was hit from behind, and he and his dog were thrown into the air.
He landed in a river and the coach driver dragged him from the water and gave him mouth to mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived. But he was declared dead at the scene.
Kilshaw, 28, was on his way to a Christmas party on the evening of December 13 when the crash, witnessed by a number of schoolchildren on the bus, occurred.
At Mold Crown Court, Kilshaw, of Ffordd Mabon, Llay, admitted causing the death of Mr Shephard by dangerous driving. He was jailed for 14 months and banned from driving for three years.
Judge Philip Hughes told Kilshaw, a factory worker and father of a little girl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy: “Entirely because of your dangerous driving, Mr Shephard, a perfectly innocent pedestrian, lost his life.
“It seems to me you must have been impatient in the way you overtook in the place you did, exceeding the speed limit on a narrow, winding road.”
The judge said he had considered the effect of any sentence of imprisonment on his daughter.
But he added: “I suspect you understand, only a custodial sentence can be justified.”
Andrew Jebb, defending, said nothing he could say would provide any comfort to Mr Shephard’s family, but Kilshaw had pleaded guilty at an early stage. He was full of remorse.
There was mitigation. He was a hard-working young man with a wife and daughter who suffered ill-health and a prison sentence would put a question mark over their home.
But he knew he had to be punished for what he had done.