OAP col­li­sion: Trial of driver is post­poned

Ac­cused of fail­ing to see pen­sioner

Stirling Observer - - FRONT PAGE -

The trial of a bus driver ac­cused of run­ning over a 78year-old pen­sioner on a ze­bra cross­ing was post­poned yes­ter­day (Tues­day) to al­low his de­fence team to take le­gal ac­tion to force civil ser­vants to re­veal the find­ings of an of­fi­cial probe into the“se­ri­ous”in­ci­dent.

First Bus driver Craig Young, 49, is said to have “failed to keep a proper look­out” and failed to ob­serve the el­derly pedes­trian, El­iz­a­beth Syme, then cross­ing Sta­tion Road in Stir­ling by the ze­bra cross­ing, be­fore col­lid­ing with her.

It is said that the col­li­sion, on Oc­to­ber 28, 2017, caused her to fall to the ground, where­upon Young “drove over her” caus­ing her to be trapped un­der the bus to her in­jury.

Young, of Belle­vue Park, Al­loa, Clack­man­nan­shire, de­nies caus­ing in­jury by dan­ger­ous driv­ing.

At a pro­ce­dural hear­ing at Stir­ling Sher­iff Court, de­fence lawyer Vir­gil Craw­ford ap­peared as local agent for Young’s Dun­fermline-based prin­ci­pal so­lic­i­tors, Martin, John­ston and Socha.

Mr Craw­ford said in­ves­ti­ga­tions had been car­ried out af­ter the ac­ci­dent by the Driver and Ve­hi­cles Stan­dards Agency -which looked into whether a driv­ing-cab se­cu­rity screen may have in­ter­fered with the driver’s view - and by an ex­pert from First Bus’s in­sur­ers.

Mr Craw­ford said: “There are there­fore two ex­pert re­ports into the in­ci­dent in ex­is­tence, which the prin­ci­pals have been at­tempt­ing to re­cover, but with­out suc­cess.”

Mr Craw­ford asked for a post­pone­ment of the trial, which had been due to take place later this month, to al­low Young’s lawyers to launch pro­ceed­ings for the re­cov­ery of doc­u­ments which would force the DVSA and First Bus to hand them over.

He said: “Mr Young is a per­son with no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions what­so­ever, charged with an of­fence of a very se­ri­ous na­ture.”

Sher­iff Si­mon Collins set a new trial date of March 21, af­ter a fur­ther pro­ce­dural hear­ing on Fe­bru­ary 5, from which Young’s at­ten­dance was ex­cused.

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