A man has been sentenced after admitting to causing the death of a much-loved High Wycombe woman by careless driving following a three-car pile-up in Marlow. 

Bayonle Kayode, 29, of Warpole Road, Slough, was sentenced to three months’ in prison, suspended for two years, at Aylesbury Crown Court on Monday following the death of 43-year-old Janice Swain on September 12 last year. 

He was also ordered to carry out 280 hours of unpaid community service and pay a £1,000 fine and was disqualified from driving for two years. 

Kayode was driving his Honda Accord southbound along the A404 Marlow Bypass at about 1.30pm on September 12 last year when his car collided with a VW Beetle, which in turn crashed into the rear of VW Sharan.

Janice, who was driving the VW Beetle, was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, but sadly later died of her injuries after a battle to save her life.

Her daughter, who was also in the car, miraculously survived and walked away with just minor injuries.

Their dog Peaches also sadly died days after the crash. 

Kayode pleaded guilty to one count of causing death by careless driving at a previous hearing on August 15 after being served a summons to court on June 22.

Investigating officer, PC Sandra Terry of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This collision could have been avoided had Bayonle Kayode been paying attention to the road, however he failed to notice that the traffic ahead of him was slowing down and thus collided with a VW Beetle.

“Kayode admitted to careless driving, which resulted in Janice Swain losing her life. He will have this on his conscience for the rest of his life.”

Tributes poured in for Janice following her death, with friends and family describing her as a "beautiful and bubbly" and "one of a kind". 

Ms Swain, a former Great Marlow School pupil, grew up in Marlow but lived in the Micklefied Road area of High Wycombe.