Uninsured driver sentenced over fatal collision with off-duty officer

A woman has been jailed and disqualified from driving following a collision that led to the death of a Thames Valley police officer.

Jun 11, 2018
By Joe Shine

Temenuga Lyubenova, 34, from Aylesbury, was uninsured when she collided with off-duty Police Constable Simon Caddy’s motorcycle.

She was sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment and banned from driving for two years after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving and by driving a vehicle while uninsured.

On May 26 last year at around 7.30pm, Lyubenova was driving a black Hyundai estate on the A413 Amersham bypass.

She collided with a black BMW motorcycle being ridden by PC Caddy. The 29-year-old officer died at the scene.

PC Sandra Terry, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit in Bicester, said: “This was a very sad case to investigate, but I hope that the conclusion of the court case has given the family some form of closure.

“This case again shows how one lapse in concentration can change a lot of people’s lives.”

PC Caddy joined Thames Valley Police in 2007 as a PCSO before becoming a student officer the following year, in which he worked in both response and neighbourhood roles.

Since 2015, he worked as a roads policing officer based in Amersham.

Chief Constable Francis Habgood added: “This was a tragic case that had a significant impact on many people.

“Simon was a hugely popular young man and police officer who will always be missed by his family, many friends and colleagues.

“My thanks go to those who investigated this case so professionally in difficult circumstances and my thoughts continue to be with those affected by Simon’s loss.”

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