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Family hits out over death crash ruling
9:58am Thursday 21st March 2013 in News
THE family of a great-grandfather killed in a motorway crash have spoken of their upset after the other driver involved was given an absolute discharge.
Barry Nuttall, aged 70, died instantly when he was thrown from his Land Rover in a crash on the M6 in Staffordshire on September 24, 2011.
He was travelling to his home in Tottington Road, Bury, after a holiday in High Wycombe with his wife of 15 years, Linda.
Mrs Nuttall, then aged 64, spent five weeks in hospital with serious injuries, including several fractures and a collapsed lung. She now uses a wheelchair.
The driver of the other car, 45-year-old Sumiyah Yasin, from London, faced a trial on a charge of causing death by dangerous driving at Stafford Crown Court in December last year.
She was found not guilty by reason of insanity, after the court heard she had suffered a psychotic episode while driving on the M6.
Yasin appeared before Judge John Maxwell at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday and was given an absolute discharge.
Mr and Mrs Nuttall had seven children in total and several of them attended the hearing on Friday.
Barry Nuttall junior, aged 42, of Arbour Close, Walmersley, said: “It isn’t right. We are all very disappointed.
“It will never be closed properly.
“We feel the justice system is wrong.
“We are all missing my dad.
“The crash has affected everyone in the family. It’s very hard.”
Mr Nuttall worked as a fitter and mechanic at Star Autos, in Pimhole, and he was taken to his funeral on the final truck he worked on.
His family has erected a plaque at a beach in Devon in his memory.