The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition)

Driver banned after crash


A careless young driver who caused a crash near Crieff which resulted in a pensioner being airlifted to hospital has been banned from the road and fined £1,000.

Alistair Currer-Smith appeared at Perth Sheriff Court yesterday – his 23rd birthday – to plead guilty to causing a collision by driving carelessly on the A85 on November 6, 2019.

Currer-Smith, of Cairns Court in Crieff, failed to maintain control of his car and mounted a verge while navigating a bend in the busy route, careering across the single carriagewa­y.

The incident culminated in a head-on collision with a vehicle being driven in the opposite direction by David Birkmyre, 77.

The pensioner had been unable to swerve out of the way due to a stone dyke hugging the roadside and was powerless to prevent the crash.

Both vehicles were damaged “extensivel­y” and a passenger in each vehicle suffered injuries which required medical attention.

Sheriff Bowie said Currer-Smith’s driving had been extremely hazardous to other road users.

Currer-Smith has no previous conviction­s and saw his sentence reduced to a £1,000 fine and 11-month period of disqualifi­cation due to his guilty plea. His defence solicitor, David Holmes, explained he stopped immediatel­y at the scene of the crash, confirmed he was the driver and regrets causing the collision.

 ??  ?? Alistair Currer-Smith.
Alistair Currer-Smith.

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