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26/02/2016 09:00:00

Lay-by crash HGV driver pleads guilty

An Edinburgh HGV driver has pleaded guilty to causing the death of a motorist who was parked up in a lay-by off the A9. Frank Simpson was driving his 18-ton refrigerated vehicle on the A9 at around 50 miles per hour when apparently distracted by something, he veered off the carriageway and crashed into a parked car.


The car was a Vauxhall Corsa, and the driver Mr John Trimble was seated, still wearing his seat belt. The lorry hit the Corsa and spun it into the air, and it landed on its roof, killing Mr Trimble. Visibility on the day was good, there were no mechanical defects found in the HGV, and Simpson would have been able to see the parked car for over 30 seconds before the impact. However, tachograph records taken from the HGV showed that although his speed had slowed a little before the impact, there was no evidence that Simpson had begun the correct actions before turning off into the lay-by. He did not apply his brakes at all until about 2 seconds before the impact, and after the impact came to a controlled stop.

There was a witness to the incident, which took place in 2014 in November, who saw the HGV begin to drift towards the lay-by, and was sure it was going to hit the car that was parked there. He attested that the vehicle did not slow down and the brake lights did not come on prior to the impact.

Emergency services including the air ambulance were in attendance, but were unable to save Mr Trimble. Simpson, 35 years old, was an agency driver employed by DHL and had been in their employ for about 6 months. He admitted causing death by dangerous driving and has been banned from driving until sentencing which was deferred to March 2016.



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