Fury at id­i­otic driv­ing at scene of death

Coupar an­gus: Footage cap­tured at lo­ca­tion of Har­low Edwards tragedy

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS - JAMIE BUCHAN jabuchan@the­courier.co.uk

Road safety cam­paign­ers have con­demned “scary” dash­cam footage show­ing reck­less driv­ing at an ac­ci­dent blackspot where a two-year-old girl was knocked down and killed.

The video shows a sil­ver Vaux­hall motoring past a line of ve­hi­cles wait­ing at traf­fic lights on the edge of Coupar An­gus.

The in­ci­dent echoes the tragic 2016 crash which claimed the life of lit­tle Har­low Edwards.

Mo­torist Luke Pirie was jailed last month for caus­ing the col­li­sion, which also left Har­low’s older sis­ter Dionne and a six-year-old boy se­verely in­jured.

The High Court in Glas­gow heard Pirie had tried to over­take a line of sta­tion­ary traf­fic on For­far Road when he hit a Citreon as it turned right.

The 24-year-old then lost con­trol of his car which struck a wall as Har­low and the two oth­ers were walk­ing past.

The lat­est in­ci­dent was cap­tured on a driver’s dash­cam recorder just af­ter 10am on Sun­day. The short clip has been for­warded to Police Scot­land.

In the video, the pass­ing car is so filthy it is im­pos­si­ble to make out the reg­is­tra­tion plate.

Tem­po­rary traf­fic lights were in­stalled at the stretch as Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil be­gin work on a series of im­prove­ments, which were put to­gether with the help of Har­low’s par­ents Sara and Steve.

Lo­cal road safety cam­paigner Michael Gal­lagher, who fought along­side the Edwards fam­ily for a roads up­grade, said: “This dash­cam video is scary stuff.

“It was just this sort of reck­less and im­pa­tient driv­ing that caused Har­low’s death last year.”

Mr Gal­lagher has called for Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil of­fi­cers to fol­low in the foot­steps of coun­ter­parts in Fife who have, over the last decade, in­tro­duced 20mph zones to the ma­jor­ity of res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

This has led to a down­turn in se­ri­ous road ac­ci­dents and in­juries.

Mr Gal­lagher ques­tioned the work be­ing done at Coupar An­gus.

“Ini­tially the coun­cil drew up plans to widen the pave­ment, but then changed its mind. In­stead, they are build­ing a new pave­ment on the other side of For­far Road,” he said.

“This means that peo­ple walk­ing into town will have to cross For­far Road twice, sim­ply to avoid 20 yards of nar­row pave­ment. This is lu­di­crous.”

He has called on coun­cil bosses to use com­pul­sory pur­chase pow­ers to buy up a strip of land at the road­side to widen the nar­row pave­ment sec­tion.

Lo­cal coun­cil­lor Fiona Sar­war also raised con­cerns about the video.

“It is shock­ing and very dis­ap­point­ing to see dan­ger­ous driv­ing still oc­cur­ring on For­far Road,” she said.

A Police Scot­land spokes­woman said road safety con­tin­ued to be a pri­or­ity for the Tay­side di­vi­sion and urged any wit­nesses to get in touch.

A spokesman for Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil said: “The pro­gramme of road safety im­prove­ment works on For­far Road was agreed fol­low­ing de­tailed con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity, com­mu­nity coun­cil and elected mem­bers.”

Har­low Edwards, and a screen­grab from the dash­cam footage that has en­raged road safety cam­paign­ers.

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