Driver admits causing death of friend by dangerous driving in Bonnybridge road accident

Flowers left at the scene of the accident on the A803 Bonnybridge-Falkirk road. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
Flowers left at the scene of the accident on the A803 Bonnybridge-Falkirk road. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
  • Mark McMillan (20) died at the scene after the car he was travelling in crashed near Bonnybridge Power Station in 2013
  • Driver Allister Douglas (22) admitted causing death by driving dangerously and at excessive speed on the A803 Falkirk-Bonnybridge Road
  • Co-accused Aidan Kilty (20) admitted careless driving

A driver who was tail-gaiting at high speed caused the death of a friend when his car spun out of control and hit an oncoming vehicle.

Allister Douglas (22), from Bonnybridge, admitted at the High Court in Glasgow causing the death of Mark McMillan by driving dangerously and at excessive speed on the A803 Falkirk-Bonnybridge road on November 17, 2013.

The court heard Mr McMillan (20) was the front seat passenger in the blue Renaut Clio driven by Douglas.

Co-accused Aidan Kilty (20), from Falkirk, who was driving in front of Douglas, admitted careless driving.

Judge Lord Turnbull fined Kilty £500 and disqualified him from driving for a year.

Advocate depute Paul Brown, prosecuting, said: “Both accused knew each other and had departed from the same house prior to the accident.

“The accused Douglas was following the vehicle which was being driven by Kilty.

“Both vehicles were travelling at excessive speed. Douglas was following Kilty at an unsafe distance.”

The court heard at around 1.35 p.m., as the cars reached a bend in the road, near Bonnybridge Power Station, Kilty momentarily lost control and straddled the white lines in the centre of the road.

Douglas, who was extremely close, lost control of his car and spun into the path of an oncoming Nissan Pixo driven by Karen Brown.

Miss Brown told investigators that she saw the accused cars coming towards her at speed. She thought they were driving too fast and that Douglas’ car was travelling too close to the one in front.

She said Kilty’s car partialy entered her lane before returning to its own lane. She was then immediately confronted “side on” by Douglas’ vehicle and had no time to react.

Douglas suffered a skull fracture, a punctured lung, a fractured pelvis and had to have operations to rebuild his pelvis.

Miss Brown suffered cuts to her thighs from her seat belt.

Mr McMillan suffered blunt force trauma injuries to his head and trunk and internal injuries and died at the scene.

Experts estimated that the maximum speed the bend could be taken without losing control was 72 mph.

Lord Turnbull deferred sentence on Douglas until next month at the High Court in Edinburgh to allow for background reports to be carried out and continued his bail until then.