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Crash death bin lorry driver given driving ban

Terry O'Regan (r) 72, died in bin lorry accident Image copyright Family photo
Image caption Terry O'Regan (r) died when Alan Cole's bin lorry ran over her when she was out walking her dogs

A bin lorry driver found guilty of causing the death of a 72-year-old woman by careless driving has been banned from driving for a year.

Terry O'Regan was run over by Alan Cole as she walked her two dogs along a narrow road in Norton in November 2014.

Cole, 58, had told Gloucester Crown Court he was reversing his truck when he he felt a "bump bump" and looked out to see a woman's body on the road.

He was given a 12-month community order with 60 hours of unpaid work.

He was also handed a 12 month driving ban at Bristol Crown Court and ordered to pay £200 in court costs and a victim surcharge of £60.

Cole, from Cheltenham, was reversing his 26-tonne lorry when he hit Mrs O'Regan.

During his trial, the court heard it was likely the 72-year-old had been listening to the radio using headphones and may not have heard the vehicle.

The judge who passed the guilty verdict said despite the "ghastly consequences" of what happened, the accident was "clearly not only" Cole's fault.

Image caption The accident happened in the village of Norton in November 2014

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