An 85-year-old car driver was killed by a lorry in Mansfield only hours after his wife had died earlier the same day.
The tragic accident happened as Alan Allsop was driving to the crematorium.
A lorry driver from the Czech Republic mis-understood a traffic signal at the junction of Cauldwell Road and the A611 Derby Road, Nottingham Crown Court was told.
Dusan Loucky took a green ‘turn right only’ light on the Derby Road as permission to go straight ahead.
He was going very slowly but the impact of his large articulated lorry was fatal for the elderly victim who had a heart condition, the court was told
Mr Allsop, of Highland Road, was driving his Nissan Pixo car across the path of the lorry and suffered multiple injuries.
The 45-year-old HGV driver admitted causing death by careless driving on 8th February this year.
In mitigation it was said that Loucky, whose two grown-up children lived with him and were dependent on him, would lose his job. His employer specialised in haulage between the Czech Republic and the UK.
Judge Michael Stokes, the Recorder of Nottingham, said: “It was a particularly tragic accident as Mr Allsop had been bereaved that very day when his wife died. Both were about the same age and both died on the same day.”
Loucky was a decent man who worked hard for his living. He had been driving for only 20 minutes so was not tired. He had not been drinking and was not using a mobile phone.
“It was simply an error,” said the judge. Loucky had done everything he could to turn away from the collision and had braked as hard as he could.
The judge added that it was not necessary or appropriate to jail him. Loucky was fined £1,500 with a 12 month disqualification.
“The fine is no reflection whatsoever on the death of Mr Allsop,” said the judge, who added the family had suffered not only his death but his wife’s from natural causes.