Man de­nies caus­ing hor­rific Fife head-on ac­ci­dent.

Ac­cused claims other driver crossed on to wrong side of road be­fore se­ri­ous three-car ac­ci­dent in Fife

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - SARAH VESTY svesty@the­courier.co.uk

A Kirk­caldy man ac­cused of dan­ger­ous driv­ing told a court he heard an “almighty bang” be­fore be­ing knocked out fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous car crash.

Dur­ing his trial at Kirk­caldy Sher­iff Court Mark Tay­lor de­nied caus­ing the Au­gust 2016 three car crash on the B921 be­tween Kin­glassie and Car­den­den.

The 44-year-old said he saw a Jaguar car com­ing round a bend on the no­to­ri­ous stretch but it had “drifted” into his lane be­fore clip­ping his sil­ver BMW, caus­ing the “almighty bang”.

Tay­lor, who had been driv­ing his daugh­ter and step­daugh­ter to a doc­tor’s ap­point­ment in Ballingry, claimed he heard a sec­ond bang “10 to 15 sec­onds” af­ter the col­li­sion with an­other car.

Tay­lor gave ev­i­dence yes­ter­day and main­tained it was the driver of the Jaguar who caused the col­li­sion.

He said: “As I was ap­proach­ing the cor­ner, the Jag came round it at some rate of speed and drifted on to my side of the road.

“I was do­ing about 40 to 45mph. I’m very fa­mil­iar with the road. Al­most half the length of his car was on my side of the road, most his two wheels were on my side.

MARK TAY­LOR

“My re­ac­tion was to shout f*** and started to turn the steer­ing wheel for a hard left to try and put the car into the field.

“There was an almighty bang and I knew there was a col­li­sion be­tween the two of us. When the airbags de­ployed, I was knocked out for a few sec­onds.”

Tay­lor told how he heard a sec­ond “loud bang” as he came back to con­scious­ness, which was his car col­lid­ing with a Citroen C2.

The un­em­ployed fa­ther was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal af­ter the col­li­sion, which left him with se­ri­ous in­juries.

De­pute fis­cal Mina Pop­pius asked him if him tak­ing the cor­ner too quickly may have caused his car to drift into the wrong lane but Mr Tay­lor said no.

Sher­iff Mac­Don­ald asked Tay­lor if he could ex­plain pre­vi­ously heard ex­pert po­lice ev­i­dence, which stated the Jaguar was on the cor­rect side of the road at the time of the crash.

But the driver was un­able to ex­plain why and said the in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers must be wrong.

The court also pre­vi­ously heard how one wit­ness claimed to see Tay­lor and his daugh­ter act­ing in an “animated” man­ner be­fore the crash.

They also told how Tay­lor’s daugh­ter may have grabbed the steer­ing wheel fol­low­ing the first col­li­sion which the driver and his 20-year-old daugh­ter de­nied.

A 62-year-old driver of the Citroen and young fe­male pas­sen­ger also suf­fered se­ri­ous in­juries fol­low­ing the ac­ci­dent, which left a third woman hurt as well.

The 75-year-old male driver of the Jaguar was left with mi­nor in­juries.

The trial will con­tinue on Au­gust 9.

There was an almighty bang and I knew there was a col­li­sion be­tween the two of us.

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