Mum Lena was se­ri­ously hurt

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Mum Lena was se­ri­ously hurt

The driver of the bus that pinned Cri­eff woman Lena Tocher to a wall in Broich Road has been fined £800 and banned from driv­ing for six months.

On Mon­day, at Perth Sher­iff Court, Fraser McGre­gor, who was sacked by Stage­coach fol­low­ing the crash, ad­mit­ted in­jur­ing the mum-of-two by care­less driv­ing.

The hor­rific ac­ci­dent, which hap­pened al­most two years ago, left Mrs Tocher with life threat­en­ing in­juries and shocked the Strath com­mu­nity.

De­pute fis­cal Sue Ruta said: “The ac­cused turned the bus to­wards the near­side and tried to mount the pave­ment to al­low on­com­ing traf­fic more space to pass.

“Lena Tocher saw the bus and stopped walk­ing. As the ac­cused con­tin­ued driv­ing slowly the bus sud­denly veered to the left and col­lided with the build­ing wall where Lena Tocher was stand­ing. She was pinned be­tween the bus and the wall.

“Af­ter a few sec­onds the ac­cused re­versed the bus in or­der to free Lena Tocher, who then fell to the ground.”

Po­lice crash in­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­cov­ered that McGre­gor had not mounted the pave­ment, but had driven along with the wheel against the kerb and his steer­ing at full lock.

When the wheel came to a sec­tion of dropped kerb the bus lurched on to the pave­ment to­wards Mrs Tocher.

Ad­vo­cate Stephen Hughes, de­fend­ing, said McGre­gor, 26, had lost his job with Stage­coach and had worked as a de­liv­ery driver and a taxi driver since the crash.

He said: “He was try­ing to mount the kerb in or­der to avoid traf­fic com­ing in the other di­rec­tion.”

Sher­iff Lind­say Foulis told McGre­gor: “The pedes­trian who was in­jured was on the pave­ment, so to bring your ve­hi­cle onto the pave­ment puts her in dan­ger.

“Your fi­nal er­ror of judg­ment was that you tried to mount the pave­ment, and hav­ing been un­suc­cess­ful, con­tin­ued to try to mount the pave­ment with the con­se­quences which are clear for all con­cerned.”

He banned McGre­gor from driv­ing for six months, fined him £800 and or­dered him to re-sit the ex­tended test. Sher­iff Lind­say Foulis noted that while there was a spe­cific of­fence of caus­ing se­ri­ous in­jury through dan­ger­ous driv­ing, there was no equiv­a­lent in re­la­tion to dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

The ac­cused tried to mount the pave­ment to al­low on­com­ing traf­fic more space to pass

In­jured Lena Tocher is still on the road to re­cov­ery af­ter be­ing crushed by the bus in Novem­ber 2015

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