A heartbroken Dundee woman has slammed the decision not to jail the lorry driver responsible for her husband’s death.
Witold Solski, 65, died after his Skoda was involved in a collision with a lorry being driven by Glenn Craib in November 2015.
His wife Nataliya said Craib had “ruined” her life and that of the couple’s young son, Tomasz, 12, who has just started first year at St Paul’s Academy in Dundee.
And Mrs Solska questioned whether he was spared a prison sentence because her husband was originally from Poland.
Craib, 45, was given 250 hours community service and banned from driving for 30 months when he was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh last month.
Although he had originally been charged with causing death by dangerous
driving, the Crown accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of causing death bu careless driving.
Judge John Morris QC told Craib that his carelessness had been “at the lower end of the scale” but if the original charge had stood he would have gone to jail.
Craib had been driving a load of Christmas trees out of Careston when he approached the junction with the A90.
He tried to turn onto the southbound carriageway but was unable to do so because of traffic so the rear of his lorry was left protruding into the opposite lane of traffic.
Mr Solski, who was driving a white Skoda, then collided with the lorry.
He had to be cut free from the wreckage but died of the injuries he sustained at the scene.
His female passenger was not hurt.
Mrs Solska said she is struggling to understand how Craib avoided jail.
She said: “That man killed my husband and got for that 250 hours of work, is that fair?
“He has a killed a man and should go to jail.
“I don’t know if it is that we are from a different country?
“I can’t take the fact that he only got banned from driving for 30 months. He ruined my and my son’s whole life
“I would like to know why my husband’s life is worth 250 hours of work.”