Death crash driver guilty
Court: Overtaking car on wrong side of road at time of collision
A Driver has admitted being on the wrong side of the road when he hit and killed a 21-year-old motorcyclist from Moray.
Biker euan Slater, from elgin, died beside the B9089 Kinloss to Burghead road near roseisle after sustaining horrific injuries.
Yesterday, less than two weeks short of the first anniversary of the smash, James Munro of Burghead accepted blame for causing the fatal crash.
The 34-year-old was attempting to overtake another car when he collided head-on with the motorbike.
Members of Mr Slater’s family wiped away tears as the driver pleaded guilty at elgin Sheriff Court.
Sentence was deferred on Munro after he admitted a single charge of driving without due care and attention.
A Moray man has admitted causing the crash that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old biker.
James Munro, from Burghead, was driving on the wrong side of the road when his Vauxhall Astra collided head-on with the motorbike being ridden by Euan Slater.
Yesterday, the 34-yearold admitted causing the collision by driving without due care and attention – less than two weeks short of the first anniversary of the fatal smash.
Mr Slater died at the scene.
Munro had attempted to overtake another car on the B9089 Kinloss to Burghead road when the crash occurred on November 25 last year.
It is understood Mr Slater’s bike was driven backwards, against its own momentum, due to the force of the crash near the Roseisle sewage works before it came to rest.
Munro’s car veered off the road towards trees after the impact. He has now pleaded guilty at Elgin Sheriff Court to overtaking on the rural road when “it was not safe to do so”.
The charge says: “You did collide with the motorcycle, whereby your car and the motorcycle were damaged and Euan Slater was thrown from the motorcycle on to the car before landing on the road whereby he sustained injuries from which he died there and then.”
Defence advocate David Moggach stressed that while his client had been in trouble with the authorities in the past he had not had any convictions for the last 14 years.
Family and friends of Mr Slater were at Elgin Sheriff Court yesterday to see Munro face justice.
Police maintained a watching brief as the group waited outside the building on the town’s High Street for the driver to leave.
It is understood Munro was allowed to leave the court complex through a different exit.
A shrine to Mr Slater has been created at the roadside on the B9089 near the location where he died.
Candles and flowers have been placed within the memorial along with protein shakes and energy drinks.
A message reads: “Keep growing strong and stay close. Loved and missed by all the family.”
Munro, of Fraser Road in Burghead, was banned from driving at court yesterday until his next appearance on December 12.
Sentence was deferred until that date for background reports to be prepared after the motorist admitted driving without due care and attention by attempting to overtake when it was not safe to do so by crossing into the opposing carriageway directly into the path of Mr Slater’s oncoming motorbike.
“Keep growing strong . . . Loved and missed by all the family”
TRAGIC END: Euan Slater died at the scene of the accident in November last year