A 20 year old man has been sentenced to seven years and eight months after he drove into a bus killing the driver and injuring 15 passengers. He had no licence, no insurance, drove the wrong side of the road and gave false details to police.
Dorjan Cera, 20, killed bus driver Kenneth Matcham in Orpington.
“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.
“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.
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.”