Death crash driver guilty

Court: Over­tak­ing car on wrong side of road at time of col­li­sion

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID MACKAY

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

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