‘Lapse’ led to smash death
Dalbeattie man was killed in A701 accident
A driver whose “momentary lapse” led to the death of a Dalbeattie man in a smash has been spared jail.
John McVeigh, who lost control of his car on the A701 near Beattock and caused it to enter the opposing side of the road and crash head-on into another vehicle, was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and was banned from driving for 14 months.
The driver who died was 51-yearold Michael Anderson, of Blair Street, Dalbeattie. McVeigh himself was seriously injured and limped into court with the aid of a walking stick.
McVeigh, of Barlogan Avenue, Glasgow, pleaded guilty at Dumfries Sheriff Court to losing control of his vehicle and collid- ing with Mr Anderson’s vehicle in February last year.
McVeigh had been at the head of a line of traffic when the accident happened after what seemed to have been “a momentary lapse of attention which had tragic consequences”, the court heard.
An advocate said: “Mr McVeigh has an extremely limited recollection of the collision and accepts the findings of an investigation which show he momentarily entered the opposing carriageway.”
The road was closed for around five hours for investigations.
The advocate added: “There was no question of speed, as he was well within the limit.
“There was no deliberate manoeuvre such as overtaking in the face of traffic, no involvement with alcohol or drugs, no mobile phone use and he was in no way fatigued and there was no erratic driving immediately beforehand …nothing to foreshadow what tragically occurred or caused him to temporarily lose control.”
The advocate added that rescue crews had to cut McVeigh free from the wreckage and he was taken to hospital with serious fractures.
Formerly a keen athlete, McVeigh now had to walk with a stick and would never run again.
Sheriff George Jamieson, the fiscal depute and the advocate all expressed their sympathy to the family of victim Mr Anderson for their “grievous loss”.
Victim Michael Anderson of Dalbeattie