THE PARTNER of a motorcyclist ‘unlawfully killed’ in a collision – with a cabbie who had only nine hours sleep in 72 hours – has called for tougher laws for hackney and private hire drivers.
Rachel Price (above with Mr Buckley) spoke out after an inquest heard that a taxi veered across the wrong side of Derby Road and hit Mark Buckley (34) while riding to work on 30 March 2014.
Senior Nottingham coroner Mairin Casey ruled that Mr Buckley had been unlawfully killed by Aaeron Cars driver Kevin Wiesztort. He was later jailed for 45 months after admitting to causing death by dangerous driving.
Ms Price (37) said: “Mark’s death could have so easily been prevented. The last few years have been incredibly difficult. Mark was such a positive, loving and funny man and now we have to somehow rebuild our lives with only his memory.
“I have offered to work closely with the licensing bodies to raise awareness and hope that can be a positive step toward that goal. I want to see those changes.
“Mark was a dedicated family man and at every opportunity, both of our families are close. At every opportunity, we do things together and laugh until the tears begin to roll.”
The inquest was told that Mansfield District Council was now looking at reviewing the operator’s licence of Dennis Lamb, owner of Aaeron Cars.
After the ‘unlawful killing verdict’ Ms Casey ruled:
The findings of the police, as accepted by the court, were that Mr Wiesztort was most probably suffering from the affects of lack of sleep at the time of the collision. He received little sleep for three to four days, approximately nine hours total in three days.
Ms Casey ruled that a full investigation was now needed to help protect the public from similar tragedies.