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Family ‘can move on’ after death crash driver is jailed
THE mother of a prison worker killed in a road accident said her family can now move on after the driver responsible for her son's death, was jailed.
Daniel Fallaw, of Peregrine Way, Bicester, sat shaking in the dock yesterday at Oxford Crown Court as a judge sentenced him to nine months in prison.
The 36-year-old was convicted after a trial of causing the death of cyclist David Parris through his careless driving on December 4, 2012.
Michael Roques, prosecuting, said Fallaw’s Ford Escort collided with Mr Parris on a Bicester roundabout following “a sustained course of bad driving”.
The crash happened at about 6pm as the HMP Bullingdon employee, wearing a helmet, reflective jacket and with lights on his bike, was crossing Neunkirchen Way next to the roundabout with the A41.
Judge Gordon Risius said Mr Parris suffered a serious brain injury when he hit his head on the car windscreen.
He died in the ambulance on the way to Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital.
- Cyclist David Parris was killed
Fallaw was unanimously found guilty in less than two hours after a four-day trial in which his driving was repeatedly described as “impatient”.
When the sentence was read out Christine Parris, 73, from Chigwell in Essex, who was watching the hearing with her family, had tears in her eyes.
After the hearing she said: “We are really relieved; we really are.
“We would have liked to have seen him get longer, but he is going away and has lost his licence for a couple of years, so that will make things a bit harder for him.
“We are just so relieved he’s not got off scott free. If he had been given community service I would have gone berserk.
“Sitting though the trial was hard but this is the right ending. We can now move on, we have got what we were hoping for.”
Andrew Hobson, defending, said his client will have to live with what he has done for the rest of his life.
He said: “Whatever happened on that day Mr Fallaw did not set out to harm David Parris or anybody else.”
Fallaw was banned from driving for two years.
Judge Risius said after reading the statements of Mr Parris’s family it was clear his death had left “a large void in their lives which can never be filled”.
He added: “No sentence a judge can pass can ever restore human life. Nor can the value of a human life be measured by the length of sentence given by a criminal court.”