July 19, 2018

Father who juggled two jobs fell asleep at the wheel and killed a top professor


AN OVERTIRED man who juggled two jobs a day to raise his children and pay off huge mortgage debts fell asleep at the wheel and killed an eminent professor in a head-on collision, a court heard.

Divorced father-of-three Simon Westcarr of Churchdown, Gloucester, worked a nightshift in the warehouse of delivery company DPD at the time of the crash.

The 51-year-old would then drive 53 miles to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford to start his dayshift between 10:30am and 11:30am without rest in between.

On December 16 2014, Westcarr had just completed his nightshift and began driving straight from work to his second job when he fell asleep and collided with a car driven by 67-year-old Oxford University Professor Martin Brasier.

He was jailed for two years and eight months for causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury.

Prosecutor Peter Coombe told Oxford Crown Court that Prof Brasier was killed in the collision and his wife, Cecilia, suffered serious injuries which required surgery as they made their way to their holiday home in Wales.

Prof Brasier had retired from his role as a palaeobiologist and an expert in microfossils, cell-like structures found in ancient rocks that are thought to represent the earliest forms of life.

“At the time of his death Mr Brasier had just retired three months earlier and he and his wife were looking forward to carrying out plans for their retirement,” Mr Coombe said.

Westcarr drove head on into the Mr Brasier’s Volvo and he was killed by impact wounds to his head and chest. His wife suffered a fractured ankle, fractures to her clavicle and a number of fractured ribs.

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