Speeding driver Arthur MacVean killed David Young in Scotstoun
Published: 31st May 2012 11:46:02
A man who lost control of his car has been convicted of killing a pedestrian while driving at motorway speed along a residential street in Glasgow.
Arthur MacVean, 63, was found guilty of causing the death of 26-year-old David Young in Scotstoun in June 2010.
His car smashed into a wall and hit Mr Young - who died at the scene - before colliding with a lamp post and a tree.
Sentence on MacVean was deferred at the High Court in Glasgow and he was barred from driving in the interim.
MacVean was found guilty of causing the death of Mr Young by dangerous driving in the city's Danes Drive at 16:25 on 1 June 2010.
The court heard how he was returning home to nearby Northland Drive after buying a pot of honey and some biscuits during a break from decorating.
During the journey, MacVean lost control of the car while driving at a speed in excess of 65mph in a 30mph zone.
The vehicle smashed into a wall and collided with Mr Young before hitting a lamp post and a tree.
Mr Young, who was tossed into the air by the force of the impact when MacVean's Vauxhall Vectra hit him, died at the scene.
It was so fast - motorway speed going at 60 to 70 mph. I thought it was a bit crazy to be driving at that speed”
The electrician was on his way to meet his mother Sally at Scotstoun Leisure Centre when he was killed.
In court, MacVean claimed that he had tried everything in his power to slow down the car.
He said: "The car seemed to accelerate forward. It seemed to be getting faster. As I went through the red lights the car seemed to get very, very fast.
"The engine seemed to be racing. The car had a mind of its own. I think the electronic throttle was jammed."
However, mechanics who examined the car after the accident could find nothing wrong with the vehicle.
MacVean's legal team brought in an expert who said he could be in the early stages of frontal lobe dementia, but a Crown expert refuted this.
The jury was told that he was able to drive perfectly well both before and after the accident and in fact bought another car three weeks after the crash.
They also heard from witnesses who saw MacVean's driving that day.
One of them, 41-year-old plumber Gary Martin, said he saw MacVean's Vauxhall Vectra racing down Danes Drive and going through a red light.
He told the court: "It was going at very high speed. I would say 70 to 80mph. I just said to myself 'wow' and I was waiting for a police car to come behind it. I thought it must be a car chase.
"My first thought was it's a crazy nutcase."
Another driver, Andrew McKay, said: "It was so fast - motorway speed going at 60 to 70 mph. I thought it was a bit crazy to be driving at that speed."
It emerged in court that MacVean has a previous conviction for speeding in 2001.
He will be sentenced by judge Lord Brailsford at the High Court in Edinburgh on 27 June.
MacVean is on bail, but has been disqualified from driving in the interim.
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