Death crash driver’s guilt

The Galloway News - - FRONT PAGE -

A mo­torist has ad­mit­ted driv­ing care­lessly and caus­ing the death of a Dal­beat­tie man in a crash on the A701 near Beat­tock.

The two- car smash hap­pened in February last year, killing 51- year- old Michael An­der­son, of Blair Street, Dal­beat­tie.

At Dum­fries Sher­iff Court 35-year- old John McVeigh, of Bar­logan Av­enue, Glas­gow, ad­mit­ted los­ing con­trol of his ve­hi­cle, caus­ing it to en­ter the op­pos­ing car­riage­way and col­lide with Mr An­der­son’s car.

The court heard that in­ves­ti­ga­tions showed that Mr An­der­son had braked to avoid the col­li­sion but the cars met head-on.

The road was closed about a mile from the M74 for around five hours.

Fis­cal de­pute Jen­nifer McGill said: “There were no me­chan­i­cal faults that could have con­trib­uted to the ac­ci­dent.”

Mr An­der­son died as a re­sult of mul­ti­ple in­juries and Mr McVeigh had been trapped in his car and suf­fered leg in­juries.

An ad­vo­cate for McVeigh said he wanted to apol­o­gise to the rel­a­tives and friends of Mr An­der­son for the tragic death.

Sen­tence was de­ferred for back­ground re­ports to Oc­to­ber 4.

Vic­tim Michael An­der­son died when his car was struck by John McVeigh’s ve­hi­cle

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