Taxi driver fined af­ter run­ning over pen­sioner

COURT: OAP fell out of ve­hi­cle af­ter cab­bie failed to make sure all doors were closed

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - STE­WART ALEXAN­DER

A 74-year-old man sus­tained se­ri­ous in­juries af­ter fall­ing out of a taxi and be­ing run over by it near In­verkei­thing rail­way sta­tion.

The cab­bie failed to make sure all the doors were closed be­fore driv­ing off lead­ing to the pas­sen­ger fall­ing out and trap­ping his leg un­der the back wheel.

The pen­sioner sus­tained a se­ri­ous cut to his leg which re­quired a skin graft and was in hospi­tal for a month.

The in­ci­dent re­sulted in a court ap­pear­ance for for­mer taxi driver, Wil­liam Slater, 60, of Chapel­well Place, Dun­fermline.

He ad­mit­ted that on Au­gust 13 last year on the road next to In­verkei­thing rail sta­tion near the junc­tion with Bore­land Road, he drove his car care­lessly, failed to keep a proper look out, trav­elled when it was not safe to do so, with the rear door open as a pas­sen­ger at­tempted to en­ter.

De­pute fis­cal Colin Wil­son told Dun­fermline Sher­iff Court that the ac­ci­dent took place at 3pm on a Satur­day.

Three pas­sen­gers were be­ing picked up by Slater near the sta­tion. A fe­male pas­sen­ger en­tered the front pas­sen­ger seat as Vic­tor Thom­son was tak­ing a seat in the back.

Slater drove the taxi away be­fore the door was closed caus­ing Mr Thom­son to fall back and out of the ve­hi­cle.

“His leg be­came trapped un­der a wheel and he screamed,” added the de­pute. The fe­male pas­sen­ger and Slater got out and found Mr Thom­son with his leg still trapped un­der the wheel.

Slater called an am­bu­lance and when paramedics found the man still trapped and asked for the car to be moved.

“There was a large lac­er­a­tion to his leg and there was a lot of blood,” Mr Wil­son con­tin­ued.

The in­jured man was rushed to the Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal in Kirk­caldy and later trans­ferred to Ninewells Hospi­tal in Dundee.

Mr Thom­son had sus­tained a deep cut which went al­most com­pletely around his leg. He re­quired ex­ten­sive treat­ment in­clud­ing a skin graft and re­mained in hospi­tal un­til Septem­ber 12.

Slater later told po­lice, “At the time it was so quick. I’d helped the old woman in the front door.

“I thought ev­ery­body was in so I just pulled away and the old man shouted he’d fallen. I got out and saw his leg was bleed­ing badly. I phoned an am­bu­lance.”

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Jonathan Mathieson-Dear said his client had been a taxi driver for 27 years but was now un­em­ployed hav­ing had his li­cence re­voked.

Sher­iff Ali­son McKay told Slater he had shown a “bla­tant dis­re­gard for your pas­sen­ger”.

She banned him from driv­ing for nine months and fined him £600.

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