Glasgow & West Scotland

Andrew Hanley admits dangerous driving after hitting David Shirra

A driver who hit a pedestrian while speeding in Glasgow city centre has admitted a dangerous driving charge.

Andrew Hanley, 23, hit David Shirra as he crossed Argyle Street on 1 May 2010, while speeding at almost 50mph.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard that Mr Shirra was in a wheelchair for four months after needing four operations to recover from his injuries.

Sentence on Hanley, who is a serving soldier from Gourock, Inverclyde, was deferred and his bail was continued.

The court heard that the incident happened as Mr Shirra emerged from Buchanan street at about 00:45 and crossed Argyle Street.

Leg broken

As he walked towards the road and crossed - when the green man was not showing - he broke into a run as he saw Hanley's car approaching him at speed.

He was hit by the car and tossed into the air, suffering a broken leg in three places, four torn ligaments, a broken pelvis and bruising to his brain.

Police arrived on the scene and Hanley identified himself as the driver of the car.

An officer was able to calculate Hanley was travelling at about 47mph before the collision in the 30mph area.

The court heard Hanley - who previously served in Afghanistan - was "heartily sorry" for what happened.

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