Ambulance driver from fatal crash where a Sutton on Sea woman was killed escapes jail sentence

The scene: The ambulance in the ditch after December's crash.
The scene: The ambulance in the ditch after December's crash.

An ambulance driver involved in an road accident resulting in the death of a woman from Sutton on Sea has escaped jail.

Garth Green was taking Margaret Allsop, 75, from her home in Sutton on Sea to Pilgrim Hospital in the early hours of the morning when his ambulance left the A16 at Sibsey and ended up on its side in a ditch.

Mrs Allsop, who was due to receive treatment for a leg injury, was thrown across the ambulance suffering fatal injuries in December 2012.

Prosecutor David Beal claimed Green may have fallen asleep at the wheel, but this was rejected by deputy district judge Bal Dhaliwal at the end of a two day trial at Boston Magistrates Court. The judge also rejected Green’s claim he was dazzled by the headlights of an oncoming vehicle. She ruled the accident was the result of inattention by Green.

She told Green: “I am not satisfied you were asleep at the time. Likewise I do not find you were dazzled. The whole of the evidence tells me there was inattention on your part. The fact of the matter is your vehicle veered off the road. That is not what I would expect of a competent and careful driver. There was no evasive action and no braking action on your part.”

Green, 63, of Nelson Way, Grimsby, denied causing death by careless driving as a result of the incident but was found guilty. He was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work, a 12-month driving ban and an 18 month community order. Plus he will pay £1,000 towards costs and a £60 surcharge.

After the verdict, Roy Foreman, in defence for Green, said: “He is full of contrition and remorse. He has borne the burden of the case for 15 months. There is nothing he can do or say that will change what happened. He is a man who is held in high esteem by his colleagues. He’s given his life to the ambulance service.”

After the hearing a spokesman for East Midlands Ambulance Services said: “Mr Green was suspended from duty pending legal proceedings. Now he has been found guilty of driving without due care and attention, we will consider what level of disciplinary action to take.”

Mrs Allsop’s family said afterwards: “Mum will be very sadly missed but we are satisfied with the outcome and want to thank the investigating team and the CPS”.