Lorry driver disqualified for three years after fatal crash with Lord Tom Taylor
Peer was in mobility scooter as he crossed Milbank
13 April, 2018 — By Tom Foot
A LORRY driver has been disqualified from driving for three years after a fatal collision with a Labour peer outside the House of Lords.
Kul Pandey, 56, from Feltham, pleaded guilty to “causing death by careless driving” at the Old Bailey.
He was the driver of a truck that struck Tom Taylor, Lord of Blackburn, as he crossed Millbank near the Great College Road on November 16 2016.
The 88-year-old peer was exposed in a cash- for-influence scandal in 2009 after an investigation by The Sunday Times and is one of only two Lords to have been suspended from the second chamber since 17th century.
The driver stopped at the scene but Lord Taylor died nine days later in hospital.
A statement from Lord Taylor’s family said: “The family of the late Lord Taylor would like to thank the Metropolitan Police for their help, kindness and compassion shown throughout the last 18 months. No feelings of hatred or loathing will turn the clock back. We all have to try to move on with our lives.”
An investigation by Met Police detectives found that Mr Pandey had failed to see Lord Taylor on the zebra crossing. The peer had been using his mobility scooter at the time.
Mr Pandey was charged, and pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving at the Old Bailey on March 20, before his sentencing on Monday.
He was handed 24 weeks’ imprisonment suspended for two years, 200 hours community service and disqualified from driving for three years.
After his death, Angela Smith – the shadow leader of the House of Lords – said he would be “sadly missed”.
She added: “Tom Taylor had a life-long commitment to the Labour Party, through both local government and parliament, and was held in high regard and with great affection by his party colleagues”.