Case Study

Driver to face new trial over bus crash which killed pensioner

Incident date: 
Tue, 4 Dec 2012

A jury in the trial of a bus driver accused of killing a pensioner by falling asleep at the wheel has been discharged.

Robert Faichen, 55, from Middle Garth, Blakelaw, Newcastle, was on trial at Newcastle Crown Court accused of causing death by careless driving but will now face a retrial.

Marlene Blakey was standing at a bus stop on her way home from church when the Stagecoach bus driven by Robert Faichen allegedly ploughed into her from behind and killed her.

Prosecutors say Faichen was suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnoea and was also only getting between two-and-a-half and five hours sleep a night at the time.

Ms Blakey, 68, had left a service at the Prudhoe Street Mission and was standing at a bus-stop on Westgate Road, Newcastle, when she was hit and killed.

Faichen will appear at Crown Court on July 11th. He has not yet entered a plea.

Police first arrested Faichen in December 2011 on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He was charged with the lesser offence of causing death by careless driving on April 7.

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