Lincoln Crown Court

No early licence for crash driver

A Lincolnshire lorry driver who was jailed for causing a crash in which a charity worker died has failed in a bid to reduce his driving ban.
Dorin-Silviu Buinea (35), was jailed for 16 months in December 2019 after he admitted causing the death of Katie Ablewhite (37), by careless driving.
Her work colleague, Dawn Crisp, who was driving the car in which they were travelling, also suffered life changing injuries in the collision on the A52 at Bicker.
Buinea was also banned from driving for two years and eight months by Judge Stephen Coupland in addition to his jail sentence.
But the former HGV driver made an application for the early return of his driving licence during a hearing at Lincoln Crown Court this week.
The court heard Buinea, who has now completed his prison sentence, found new employment which required him to make a nine mile bike ride to work.
However Judge John Pini QC rejected the application, telling Buinea he was conscious of the long lasting impact his driving had on both his victims and their relatives.
The judge also told Buinea that he did not regard his cycle journey as too much of a hardship.
Lincoln Crown Court previously heard how Buinea was driving along the A52 heading for Donington when he struck a lorry from behind as the other vehicle waited to turn right.
His lorry then went into the path of a car driven by Dawn Crisp with Katie Ablewhite as a passenger. The women were on their way to Boston for work.
The front of his lorry crossed into the opposite carriageway giving Dawn Crisp no chance of avoiding a collision.
Buinea, then of Holbeach Terrace, Haven Village, Boston, admitted a charge of causing death by careless driving.
Neil Sands, mitigating at the sentencing hearing, said: “There are no words in the English language or any other language that can adequately communicate the degree of regret and remorse that Mr Buinea feels. He is deeply sorry for what has happened.”

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