Crash teen’s father ‘a broken man’

Published: Sunday 9th November 2014 by The News Editor

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The father of a teenager killed when a coach taking her to a hen party crashed into a lorry has spoken for the first time about the tragedy.

Bethany Jones, 18, died in April last year while travelling to a hen event with 20 others, including her mother Diane and sister Amy. The coach driver, James Johnson, has admitted causing her death by dangerous driving.

In an interview with the Daily Mirror Paul Jones, 52, said: “The only closure will be when I die. I will always be a broken man.”

He also said his wife Diane, 50, who suffered pelvis and chest injuries, blames herself for not getting the group off the coach when she realised there may have been a problem with the vehicle – which was later found to have a badly burnt-out clutch.

“Clearly it wasn’t her fault, but she’ll have that for the rest of her life; ‘why didn’t they get off the bus?’,” Mr Jones said.

“Her pleas fell on deaf ears. The others were having a good time – when you go on a hen do there’s a party atmosphere. Diane feels guilty. She constantly asks herself why they didn’t get off the bus.”

Lorry driver Kevin Ollerhead, 45, of Lincoln Crescent, St Helens, Merseyside, was cleared of causing Bethany’s death following a trial last month.

Johnson, 64, of Whytecote End, Wyke, Bradford will be sentenced on November 14.

Published: Sunday 9th November 2014 by The News Editor

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