THE bus driver involved in the horrific crash which killed 20-year-old Robert Jamieson has been banned from the road for nine months.
Fernando Page, 47, of Nelson was charged with driving without due care and attention when he appeared before Hyndburn magistrates on Tuesday.
He had originally denied the charge but changed his plea to guilty. As well as the ban, he was fined £200 and ordered to pay a contribution towards £50 costs.
Page was driving a single-decker school bus on 3 February when he was involved in a collision with Mr Jamieson's white Peugeot 106 at the notorious Britannia Inn crossroads in Oswaldtwistle.
The bus was carrying children home from Rhyddings Business and Enterprise College at the time of the accident.
Robert, a second-year architecture student at Salford University, who also worked at Accrington's Asda store, was taken to Blackburn Royal Infirmary where he died shortly afterwards.
Eddie Harrison, for the prosecution, said: "Drivers are expected to drive to a certain standard of care and attention and on this occasion there were tragic consequences for not doing so with this young man's death.
"On the day of the accident Page had intended to turn right at the junction into Lottice Lane.
"He could see a Peugeot vehicle coming in the opposite direction and as he turned he collided with it. On impact, the car burst into flames.
"The driver of a recovery vehicle passing at the time described the bus as cutting across the junction, which would have placed it in the opposite carriageway.
"Page turned right into the path of Mr Jamieson's vehicle. Police concluded that with the speed of the Peugeot, it would have been visible for about eight seconds.
"The conclusion we have to reach is that he should not have turned across the path of the oncoming vehicle and should have looked properly before executing the manoeuvre."
John Wilson, defending, said: "We are dealing with an accident which led to tragic consequences in ending Robert Jamieson's life.
"It is no disrespect to his family to say that this has also blighted Mr Page's life. This did not happen because Mr Page was oblivious to what was going on around him, nor did it occur because he had a reckless disregard for others.
"He was an experienced school driver who had never been involved in an accident before, but in this case he made an error of judgement.
"It was an honest mistake he should not have made. I have no wish to add to the anguish the family is feeling but there was driver error on both sides.
"Robert Jamieson had been travelling at 53mph in a 40mph zone when the accident happened."
He added that had Robert been travelling slower he may have been able to stop before the collision.