School governor escapes jail term
A HEARTBROKEN mother-of-four has called for a change in the justice system after the man who caused her husband to die walked free from court.
Lisa Lloyd sobbed as 69-year-old school governor Timothy Thomas was given a community order and two-year-driving ban for causing a fatal road accident by driving carelessly.
Her husband Jamie, a 41-year-old IT consultant, was riding his motorcycle just minutes away from his Middleton home when the pensioner pulled out of a busy junction and stopped in front of him in the middle of the road.
“Jamie was killed almost instantly. He did his best to stop and he was wearing every bit of protective clothing imaginable. But they say death was inevitable... I did not even have time to say goodbye,” said Lisa, who is 38.
Devoted father and husband Jamie had spent the morning doing DIY at a nearby family home on the Saturday morning last April.
He called Lisa to say he was ten minutes away from home and the couple planned an afternoon of gardening.
“That was it. He never arrived home and my world fell apart. Since then every single day has been an indescribable struggle,” said Lisa, whose children are aged two, four, 11 and 14.
“The man who caused the crash went home to his family and back to his life But our family and our life was shattered that day and we will never be the same again. It is so very, very hard.”
Thomas pleaded guilty to causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving. The court heard he was a governor at Oakgrove School – the same school where two of Lisa and Jamie’s children are pupils – had an impeccable record and was full of remorse.
On Monday Lisa sat in Aylesbury Crown Court public gallery expecting him to receive a custodial sentence.
“I really thought justice would be done. The judge was sympathetic, in fact she was lovely. But the system let us down. I had hoped for closure but I just feel let down,” she said.
“I still struggle to accept Jamie is gone. I met him when I was 17 and we’d been together for 20 years. We did everything together as a family because the children were our whole world. Now I have four wonderful little legacies of Jamie and no matter how hard it is I will bring them up well and do him proud,”
Lisa is also determined to find the strength to fight the justice system for more severe punishments for people who cause death through careless driving.
“It’s something I would love to do but I don’t know how to start. I will find a way though – if only to help some other poor heartbroken family.”
Lisa’s solicitor Paul Sadler from Veja and Co said she had been a “tower of strength and dignity” during the court proceedings.
“She now continues the legal process with a civil claim arising out of these tragic events,” he said.
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