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Lorry driver who killed a children’s doctor after he turned without indicating is jailed for four years


A lorry driver who crushed a doctor to death in a ‘tragic oversight’ at a road junction has been jailed.

The NHS paediatrician was killed after the lorry driver knocked her off her bike when he failed to indicate at a notoriously dangerous junction.

Dr Marta Krawiec, 41, a renowned food allergy consultant, screamed as she was dragged along by the Mercedes HGV driven by Kevin Allen, 66, while on her way to St Thomas’ Hospital on 4 August 2021.

The lorry dragged Dr Krawiec along the road by its front wheel at the junction of Southampton Row and Theobalds Road near Holborn.

Dr Krawiec, who had taken up cycling during the Covid-19 pandemic, is one of eight cyclists killed on the Holborn gyratory since 2008.

Dr Marta Krawiec, 41, was a renowned food allergy consultant andan NHS paediatrician

Dr Marta Krawiec, 41, was a renowned food allergy consultant andan NHS paediatrician

Kevin Allen, 66, crushed the doctor to death in a 'tragic oversight' at a road junction after he failed to indicate

Kevin Allen, 66, crushed the doctor to death in a ‘tragic oversight’ at a road junction after he failed to indicate

The road layout has since been changed.

Allen admitted causing death by careless driving but was convicted of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving by an Old Bailey jury.

Allen was in a middle lane for traffic going straight ahead but turned left, only indicating after he began to move.

The lorry had to be in the middle lane in order to get around the bend but experts claimed Allen should have straddled the two lanes to make his intention clear.

Allen claimed he mistakenly believed he had the turn his indicators on and he did not see the cyclist as she was in his blindspot.

Dr Krawiec, born in Poland, was wearing a bright pink top and trousers and a helmet when she was hit.

Allen said he had not seen her but experts told the court she would have been visible in his mirrors for the 49 seconds they were both stationary at the junction.

The Common Serjeant of London, Judge Richard Marks said: ‘The incident occurred on Wednesday 4 August 2021, just over two and a half years ago, the victim was Marta Krawiec.

‘She was at the time on her way to work, on a bicycle, she was aged 41, a native of Poland.

‘She was a doctor who specialised in paediatrics and allergies.

‘It is a mark of the love her colleagues have for her that there is a picture that has been put up on the walls at the hospital so she can be remembered everyday.

Allen was jailed for a total of four years and nine months and disqualified from driving for a total of five years and 10 months

Allen was jailed for a total of four years and nine months and disqualified from driving for a total of five years and 10 months

‘She was profoundly loved and respected, is terribly missed and she was an extremely special and indeed a quite exceptional human being.

‘At the time you were driving your 16.5m HGV, you were delivering steel to a nearby building site, shortly before 9am.

‘It is safe to say the junction was problematic in terms of its layout, the left hand lane was a bus lane and a vehicle of your size would not have been able to be in that lane without encroaching on the bus lane.

‘Given the time of day, unsurprisingly there were other vehicles, as well as five other bicycles.

‘You were not signalling your indication to turn left, this would have given all other road users time.

‘Marta Krawiec was the last of the cyclists to pull up at the lights.

‘Very clear evidence was to the effect that she would have been visible in two of your wing mirrors.

‘I have no doubt Marta Krawiec was visible and not just momentarily but the fact you did not see her can only be explained either by you not checking your mirrors or even if you did not doing so adequately.

‘When you are driving an HGV in a busy city centre, a combination of being in the middle lane and not indicating amounts to being very culpable driving.

‘You are now 66 years of age, you are a man of not only previous good character but of exemplary character.

‘You have worked all your life and have been an HGV driver since the age of 21 without a blemish on your record.

‘I accept you are full of remorse and that what happened that morning was an aberration, it was completely out of character.’

He accepted he should have made it clearer he was to turn left by his positioning in the road.

Allen is from Mansfield but would regularly deliver goods to building sites in London.

He had slept at Leigh Delamere services after driving there from Cardiff the previous day.

Speaking before Allen was sentenced Raphael Basckin, Dr Krawiec’s partner spoke on behalf of the entire family, supported by Dr Krawiec’s sister in court, while her parents watched proceedings via a video link from Poland.

He said: ‘The pain of losing our beloved daughter, sister, life partner and friend is as constant as ever.

‘The process that is taking place in this court room is a tragedy.

‘We have heard many different voices but one voice will stand out – Dr Krawiec, Marta Krawiec, our Marta.

‘In a mere second, all Marta’s dreams, plans and hopes were taken away from her.

‘She was an exceptionally bright child, she found her vocation in medicine and went on to study in paediatrics because she loved children.

‘Science and family were equally important to her.

‘She moved to London for work but also because she had a true fascination of the city.

‘It was here that she really made her way.

‘She loved her bicycle, she started cycling during the pandemic, on the morning of the tragedy, Marta had gone for a run on Hampstead Heath, said goodbye to her partner and left on a journey you all know too well.

‘Our lives will never be the same and neither of course will Marta’s.

‘What we remember every day and what is important is that Marta had a life, she is not simply someone to be remembered, for us she still exists in the memories we have every single day.

‘Marta’s critical trials will ease the suffering of countless children soon.

‘We sincerely thank the jury and members of the court for their efforts, like Marta they have shown that some duties are sacred no matter how hard.

‘The doctors and paramedics who arrived on the scene wept when they could not revive her, they wept when they saw her ID card.

‘She is a person who is both a scientist and a humanist.

‘While part of her is not here, a part of her will always be.’

Allen, from Mansfield, Notts, denied but was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and had previously admitted causing death by careless driving.

He was jailed for a total of four years and nine months, disqualified from driving for a total of five years and 10 months. 

He must take an extended driving test before he can drive again.



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