A Leamington bus driver has appeared in court charged with causing the deaths of a seven-year-old boy from Leamington and a pensioner after a double decker crashed into a Sainsbury’s supermarket.
Kailash Chander, 79, a former mayor of Leamington, is accused of losing control of the 13-ton Stagecoach bus which rammed into the front of the city centre store.
Seven-year-old Rowan Fitzgerald was sitting in the top deck with his grandfather when he was killed in the crash which happened at 6pm on Saturday October 3, 2015.
Dora Hancox, 76, also died when she was hit by the bus as she walked past the cash machine of the supermarket on Trinity Street in Coventry city centre.
Chander appeared at Coventry Magistrates Court today (Thursday September 7) charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
The former Labour councillor wore a dark blue pinstripe suit and sat motionless during the nine-minute hearing where he spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.
He was granted unconditional bail and was ordered to appear before Warwick Crown Court on Friday October 6.
His employer, Stagecoach Midland Red, were in court accused of two counts of failing to discharge the employer’s general duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
That case was adjourned and they were ordered to return to the magistrates court on Thursday September 14 where they are due to enter a plea.
An inquest held last October heard Rowan died from blunt head trauma when the bus struck the top of the shop, while Mrs Hancox, from Nuneaton, suffered multiple injuries.