Driver killed girl aged two as he crashed
A man has admitted killing a two-year-old girl in a Scottish town after his car mounted the pavement.
Harlow Edwards was walking along the pavement with two other children – aged six and 17 at the time – when two cars crashed on the road close to them in Coupar Angus, near Perth, on October 13 last year.
A Ford Focus being driven by Luke Pirie mounted the pavement hitting all three, instantly killing Harlow and throwing the others over a roadside wall.
At the High Court in Edinburgh yesterday, 23-year-old Pirie admitted causing death by dangerous driving. He had passed his driving test just a year before and was said to be “worked up” and angry as he left his work at Scone Airport in Perth to travel to his partner’s house in Montrose.
Advocate depute Iain McSporran QC said Pirie was seen speeding through Coupar Angus and had used his mobile for calls, texts and a Facetime before the crash.
CCTV showed the Focus speeding behind a line of traffic moments before the crash, prompting sighs from the Edwards family in court.
The cars in front had slowed as a Citroen signalled to turn right but Pirie pulled out and tried to overtake the traffic, colliding with the Citreon at 50mph as it began to turn.
Harlow suffered “multiple severe injuries” while the 17-year-old suffered bleeding on the brain and a spinal fracture.
The other child suffered a skull fracture and permanent scarring.
A victim impact statement from Harlow’s mother, Sara, was read to the court in which she said she had been “robbed of a lifetime of memories”. Pirie was remanded with the case adjourned to October 4 for sentencing.
The court heard Pirie, who sat with his head bowed throughout the hearing, had earlier been agitated by phone calls with his partner while at work and set off to drive to her house.
Records showed he had used his mobile in the car but there was no evidence it was being used at the time of the crash.
At the scene of the collision, witnesses claimed the 23-year-old said it was not his fault, the Advocate Depute told the court.
The court heard the accused has previous convictions for violence and disorder and was on bail, serving a community payback order, when the crash occurred.