Driver sentenced over collision with bus which then crashed into office building

The bus after it crashed into the building last December Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

A driver who crashed into a bus sending it across a city centre pavement and into a building on Christmas Eve has been sentenced.

The crash in Peterborough resulted in 13 people being injured, including awoman who suffered cracked ribs, and "substantial damage" when thesingle-decker bus hit a Guide Dogs for the Blind office building.

Magistrates said that "one mistake" by 46-year-old Yasmin Kauser, normally a careful driver, had caused the accident, which happened shortly before midday.

She admitted a single count of careless driving at an earlier hearing atPeterborough Magistrates' Court and was fined and had her licence endorsed with six penalty points on Tuesday.

Graham Allen, prosecuting, described the crash on December 24 last year as a "serious injury road traffic collision".

Kauser drove a Kia Sportage along Church Walk, failed to stop at a T-junction and hit the side of a single-decker bus driving along Broadway which had right of way, Mr Allen said.

She has emerged onto Broadway without stopping and has collided with the nearside of the bus. There's a significant impact and both vehicles have then moved to the east side of Broadway, leaving the carriageway and mounting the pavement.

Graham Allen, prosecuting
Credit: Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue

The driver of the bus and passengers suffered slight injuries and one woman suffered cracked ribs, the court heard.

No pedestrians or people in the building were injured, the court was told.

Kauser, of Park Road, Peterborough, was assisted by an interpreter through the court hearing.

In mitigation, it was heard that she had been driving for 20 years and had aclean driving licence.

She suffered from the autoimmune disease lupus and made regular trips toBirmingham City Hospital, and her husband had been diagnosed with cancer and relied heavily on Kauser to drive him around, her solicitor said.

Alan Jones, chairman of the bench, said:

It is an unfortunate offence where one mistake has caused both injury and significant damage.

Alan Jones

Kauser's driving licence was endorsed with six penalty points and she was fined £92 and ordered to pay £105 in costs.