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Man jailed for causing horrific crash that killed Kent bus driver

Image credit: Metropolitan Police

A man has been jailed following a collision in Orpington in which a bus driver was killed.

Dorjan Cera, 20, of no fixed address, was sentenced at the Old Bailey on Thursday, 27 August to seven years and eight months.

He was also disqualified from driving for 11 years and four months.

Cera had previously pleaded guilty on Friday, 26 June to:

- Causing death by dangerous driving; - Causing death whilst unlicensed; - Causing death whilst uninsured; - Seven counts of serious injury by dangerous driving; - Possession of false ID document with intent to deceive.

Acting Detective Inspector Richard Budd, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “Cera’s driving that night was beyond reckless, it was clearly extremely dangerous and resulted in many people being injured, and sadly one man losing his life.

Image: Mr Matcham - credit: Metropolitan Police

“Our investigation, supported by eye witness accounts, established that Cera had been driving at speed, entering a busy road on the wrong side of the road when he collided with the bus being driven by Mr Matcham; he had made no attempt to slow down or give-way.

“When Cera spoke with officers at the scene, he provided false details – perhaps to later avoid responsibility – but his true identity was quickly established. Today, he begins a prison sentence, having been left with no other option but to plead guilty.

“Our thoughts remain with everyone who has suffered as a result of his actions.”

Police were called to Sevenoaks Road in Orpington at 22:12hrs on 31 October 2019 following a report of a multi-vehicle incident.

Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service attended and found two buses and a Skoda Octavia in collision. Images from the crash scene appeared to show the Skoda with a Transport for London roundel sticker in the front screen.

Roundel stickers are used for private hire cars licensed by TfL, and are displayed in the front and rear mirrors as a way of identifying the vehicle.

The driver of one of the buses, 60-year-old Kenneth Matcham from Gravesend in Kent, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Paramedics also treated 15 casualties at the scene. Three of the casualties were treated for serious injuries, and the remaining suffered minor injuries.

Cera, who was driving the Skoda was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving. He was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution before being taken to a south London police station.

Cera was subsequently charged with multiple offences.


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