Dad killed days after hearing his wife was expecting second child

A young Derbyshire father was tragically killed in a road collision just four days after being told his loving wife was expecting their second child.
Stuart Simmonds was killed after being struck by a car (Picture: BPM)

A younger dad was killed in a street collision simply 4 days after being informed his wife was expecting their second child.

Stuart Simmonds, 34, was on his approach to work when his van was struck by a car being pushed by Trevor Roe, 48, at 6am on November 14, 2018.

Roe didn’t cease on the Give Way signal at a junction and crashed into the daddy, who was thrown from the van after it struck a telegraph pole.

The van then rolled on to him and killed him immediately.

Mr Simmonds, of Longford, Derbyshire, was not carrying a seatbelt on the time of the accident.

The courtroom heard how Roe was not breaking the pace restrict, had no alcohol in his system and no defects on his car when the collision occurred at 6am on November 14, 2018.

Father-of-one Roe pleaded responsible to inflicting dying by careless driving and was sentenced to 18 weeks in jail suspended for 2 years.



In a heart-wrenching sufferer private assertion learn to Derby Crown Court, his widow Hayley stated she had the devastating activity of telling their daughter Chloe her dad was by no means coming dwelling.

Mr Simmonds and his daughter Chloe
The father was killed simply days after hearing his wife was expecting their second child (Picture: BPM)

Hayley stated that following her husband’s dying, their one-year-old daughter thought each time the telephone rang it was her daddy.

Their toddler daughter Georgia won’t ever know her father.

Prosecutor Jonathan Dee learn out a part of a strong five-page assertion from Mrs Simmonds.

He stated: ‘It describes the sheer destruction this has had on the household life. What she says about Mr Simmonds is that in him she had every part she wished.

‘He was a faithful and loving household man and essentially the most heart-wrenching a part of the complete assertion is how she says that, simply 4 days earlier than he died, she informed Mr Simmonds that she was expecting their second child.

‘He told her how much he was looking forward to being a father again’.

The hearing was informed how Mr and Mrs Simmonds, who has now given delivery to nine-week-old child daughter Georgia, had met 10 years in the past and had been married for 5.

Mr Simmonds and his daughter Chloe
Mr Simmonds’s daughter Chloe was the ‘apple of his eye’ (Picture: BPM)

It was informed how Mr Simmonds, who was a gifted footballer, fisherman and tractor driver with a large circle of associates, was her first boyfriend and ‘the only one she ever wanted’.

More than 400 folks attended his funeral following his dying in November, 2018.



Judge Shaun Smith QC informed the hearing that, had Mr Simmonds been carrying his seat belt, he may not have suffered deadly accidents.

Sentencing Roe, Judge Smith stated: ‘Where does a decide start when so many lives have been modified due to a single careless act?

‘Thankfully it’s a uncommon case when such a careless act results in such tragic penalties however sadly that is a type of circumstances.

‘Anyone hearing Hayley Simmonds sufferer private assertion can’t be affected by the heartbreak she has clearly suffered.

‘You (Roe) had been complacent resulting from your familiarity with that junction and this was greater than a momentary lack of consideration.

‘But had Mr Simmonds been wearing his seat belt it is possible he might not have been thrown from that van and suffered the fatal injuries he did.’

Kevin Waddingham, for Roe, stated his consumer remained on the scene after the collision and was the person who known as 999.

He stated he was ‘open and frank’ admitting totally what he had performed.

Mr Waddingham stated: ‘Mr Roe’s regret is real and he is conscious about the immeasurable impact this had had on the lives of those that beloved Mr Simmonds.’

As effectively because the suspended sentence, Judge Smith handed Roe a six-month curfew which means he can’t depart his dwelling deal with between the hours of 5pm and 5am every night time.


He additionally disqualified him from driving for 5 years.



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