Wakefield bus driver appears in court over teenager’s death

Brian Derek Knowles outside wakefield magistrates court.
Brian Derek Knowles outside wakefield magistrates court.

A BUS driver is set to stand trial over causing the death of a teenage pedestrian in a crash on Marsh Way.

Brian Derek Knowles, 58, is accused of causing Scott Reynolds’ death by driving a Dennis single decker bus without reasonable consideration for other persons using the road.

The fatal collision occurred close to Wakefield Bus Station on Friday, December 10 last year when 18-year-old Scott was on his way home to see his mum Catharine Reynolds in Watson Crescent, Eastmoor.

Earlier that day Scott had been shopping shortly before Christmas with his mum and seven-year-old twin sisters Nicole and Lucy.

Miss Reynolds, 43, said: “The twins keep saying, ‘is he an angel, has he gone to heaven?’.”

She said her only son was very close to his family including older sister Lynn, 21, aunts Lynn and Dawn, and his niece and cousins.

The mum-of-four added: “He was just so generous and caring with everybody. He loved his family to bits. When I had his twin sisters he was over the moon.

“As you can see in the picture, how proud and chuffed he was. He was a happy-go-lucky lad, always smiling, very polite with people.”

Miss Reynolds attended Wakefield Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, along with Scott’s sister Lynn Reynolds and his “auntie” Nicola Walker, to watch the proceedings.

Knowles, of Whitehall Rise, St John’s, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address.

District Judge Marie Mallon committed Knowles to stand trial. But he first faces a plea and case management hearing next month. The judge extended his unconditional bail to the crown court hearing.