‘Reckless’ junior doctor, 31, who killed pensioner, 82, after swerving on to the wrong side of the road is spared jail

  • Dr Stamatios Tzanninis, 31, was out driving near Fordingbridge, New Forest
  • His Vauxhall Astra swerved and hit oncoming motorist Malcolm Reynolds, 82
  • The pensioner had to be cut from the wreckage and died in hospital the next day
  • Tzanninis told his girlfriend he believed he had fallen asleep during the crash
  • He pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving and was given 18-month community order and one-year driving ban 

Dr Stamatios Tzanninis, 31, was given an 18-month community order and one-year driving ban for after killing motorist Malcolm Reynolds while out for a drive with his girlfriend

A ‘reckless’ junior doctor who killed an elderly driver after swerving on to the wrong side of the road has been spared jail.

Dr Stamatios Tzanninis drove into the path of 82-year-old motorist Malcolm Reynolds while out for a drive with his girlfriend, a court heard.

The hospital registrar’s red Vauxhall Astra hit the oncoming Toyota Aygo, which flipped on its side and then ended up in a ditch.

The pensioner had to be cut from the wreckage and died in hospital the next day.

Southampton Crown Court court heard how Tzanninis told his girlfriend he believed he had fallen asleep during the crash which happened near Fordingbridge, Hants, on June 19 last year.

But during a police interview the 31-year-old said he could not understand how the accident had occurred at all.

Prosecution barrister Kim Preston said: ‘The defendant was out on a day trip with his girlfriend travelling around the parts of the south and the victim in this case, Mr Reynolds, was driving his Toyota Aygo, unfortunately on the same road.’

In a statement read to the court, Mr Reynolds’ daughter said: ‘Your reckless actions have caused so much grief and so much sorrow.’

Tzanninis’ red Vauxhall Astra hit Mr Reynold’s oncoming Toyota Aygo, which flipped on its side and then ended up in a ditch. The pensioner had to be cut from the wreckage and died in hospital the next day

Tzanninis pleaded guilty to causing death by careless driving.

Defending, David Richards said: ‘There is nothing that can compensate for the loss suffered by those who loved Mr Reynolds.’

He read an apology letter on the defendant’s behalf which said: ‘I am sorry for what I caused to you. I am sorry for the tears and sadness that I brought.’

He read an apology letter on the defendant’s behalf which said: ‘I am sorry for what I caused to you. I am sorry for the tears and sadness that I brought’

Judge Nicholas Rowland said Tzanninis devoted his life helping others working as a junior hospital doctor in Salisbury.

He was given an 18-month community order to include 180 hours of unpaid work.

He will be disqualified from driving for 12 months.

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