‘Lapse’ led to smash death

Dal­beat­tie man was killed in A701 ac­ci­dent

The Galloway News - - NEWS - Bert Hous­ton

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

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