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Twin of schoolgirl killed in crash tells court of their "special bond"

"Half of me I'll never be able to get back"

"We had a special bond only a twin could understand"

"I always knew she was going to do great things"

Holly's twin sister Emma's victim impact statement heard in court

The twin sister of a schoolgirl killed in a coach crash while on a school trip, has told a court through an impact statement that "half of me I'll never be able to get back".

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Holly Brown, who was 14, was killed "instantaneously" last year. Nicholas Buck who's 52 was working as a bin lorry driver on a recycling route for Birmingham City Council at the time. The court heard he pulled onto the "treacherous" Kingsbury Road without looking. His vehicle ploughed into the rear end of the school bus, killing Holly.

Holly and Emma were twin sisters Credit: West Midlands Police

She was described as a talented dancer and aspiring artist, and was among 21 students from John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood in Staffordshire, who were on a school trip to Birmingham's Botanical Gardens and Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

The court heard that Buck stopped at the scene, as those onboard were left "distraught" by what had happened. Two of Holly's friends who survived had suffered flashbacks, nightmares and post-traumatic stress disorder after the crash.

Holly Brown Credit: ITV News/Facebook

"Half of me I'll never be able to get back".

"We had a special bond only a twin could understand".

"I always knew she was going to do great things."

– Holly's twin sister Emma via victim impact statement
Holly Brown was described as a talented dancer and aspiring artist Credit: Family handout

"I still find it had to accept my beautiful daughter in no longer with us. The hole the death has left in our lives is truly enormous.

All around us there are constant daily reminders we are a family of three and not of four, and it makes me feel so empty and incomplete. We have to live with the sadness every day now, for the rest of our lives. It is a much quieter house now.

Gone are the giggles from the upstairs, of the children playing. As funny as it might sound, I also miss the quarrels and arguments for these are also a reminder of a life, a life that exists for me only in the past now. The dreams about where she would go in life, and what she would do and places she would visit.

The accident that could so easily have been averted has deprived Holly of this, and it feels such a waste of life.

– Holly's father, speaking in court

Judge Avik Mukherjee told Buck from Kingshurst in Birmingham, that his previous driving offence from 2014 and his attempt to lay blame for the crash at the school coach driver were "significant aggravating factors". Buck was sacked after the accident.