Driver is guilty of caus­ing girl’s death

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY STACEY MULLEN

A YOUNG driver was yes­ter­day con­victed of caus­ing the death of a 15-year-old school­girl on a pedes­trian cross­ing by care­less driv­ing.

Kieran Kennedy, 20, from Chapel­ton, South La­nark­shire, had been on trial at the High Court in Glas­gow ac­cused of caus­ing her death by dan­ger­ous driv­ing – but was cleared of that charge.

Kennedy, who was driv­ing his black Volk­swa­gen Sirocco, on the out­side lane of the Kingsway, East Kil­bride, struck Megan Scott one sec­ond after the traf­fic lights changed from am­ber to red.

His car smashed into Megan, who was on her phone and wear­ing head­phones, as she crossed the pedes­trian cross­ing at 5.46pm on Oc­to­ber 18, 2017.

The jury was shown video footage which showed Kennedy only brak­ing after the traf­fic lights had turned to red. But they also heard that Megan had started cross­ing sec­onds be­fore the green light for pedes­tri­ans came on.

The force of the im­pact threw her onto the bon­net of Kennedy’s car and into the air. She landed close to a sta­tion­ary bus.

In ev­i­dence, Kennedy ad­mit­ted he was to blame for the crash. The jury heard that he had of­fered at an early stage to plead guilty to caus­ing death by care­less driv­ing.

For­mer rail track main­te­nance worker Kennedy, who has been di­ag­nosed with post trau­matic stress dis­or­der and de­pres­sion told the jury: “I’ve thought about that day ev­ery day. It’s the only thing I think about.

“I just want to say sorry to her fam­ily. I know they’ll never for­give me, but I just want to say sorry to them. I’ll never stop be­ing sorry.”

Judge Lord Arm­strong de­ferred sen­tence on first of­fender Kennedy un­til Jan­uary next year, al­lowed him bail and banned him from driv­ing.

COUN­TRY-POP band The Lo­gans had their car raided be­fore a per­for­mance in Lon­don – and were left with­out make-up and clothes for their glam­orous stage look.

The girl band fea­tur­ing sis­ters Honor, 25, Tayler, 24, and Leon­aBlue, 22, se­curely parked their car for a sound­check be­fore the Lon­don Fash­ion Week show – and when they re­turned less than half an hour later, their clothes and makeup had been swiped by thieves.

Footage of the af­ter­math will fea­ture in their new BBC Scot­land show The Lo­gans, Band of Sis­ters, which is be­ing streamed weekly through the net­work’s In­sta­gram chan­nel. “It was ab­so­lute chaos,” ex­plained Tayler.

The singer, who pre­vi­ously fea­tured on the BBC show The Voice, con­tin­ued: “We went to Lon­don Fash­ion Week and it took us nine or 10 hours to drive down. Our car got bro­ken into and they took all of our clothes, money, and make-up.

“Ev­ery­thing that you could think to go wrong went wrong. This is the thing about hav­ing a cam­era fol­low­ing us, you couldn’t have scripted that.

“We were with a designer in Lon­don Fash­ion Week about to do a show in clothes we had trav­elled in

“We were all sweat­ing and we lost ev­ery­thing.”

Luck­ily the girls had taken their in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing Tayler’s banjo and Leona-Blue’s vi­o­lin, to

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