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Uninsured driver David Gledhill caused Brian Webster's death

Dimity Street, Paisley Image copyright Google Maps
Image caption Mr Webster was fatally injured by the van in Dimity Street

An uninsured van driver has admitted causing the death of a 66-year-old man in Johnstone by careless driving.

David Gledhill was behind the wheel of a white Mercedes Sprinter van which struck Brian Webster in the Renfrewshire town on 12 January 2012.

Paisley Sheriff Court heard the 63-year-old from Leeds was using the van for business purposes when it was only insured for social and domestic use.

Sheriff Tom McCartney deferred sentence on Gledhill for reports.

The court heard that Mr Webster, from Elderslie, was crossing Dimity Street in Johnstone when he was hit by the van.

Gledhill had been driving in Johnstone High Street and cut the corner as he turned into Dimity Street and failed to notice Mr Webster.

Hit by mirror

Depute fiscal Douglas Hamilton said that the accident occurred just after Mr Webster had arrived in the town by bus at about mid-day.

Drivers at that particular part of town would all have a clear view of what was happening at the junction, he stressed.

Gledhill failed to see Mr Webster as he turned into the street and the van struck him, causing him to lose balance and be hit by the door-mounted wing mirror.

This caused the pensioner to fall to the ground and bang his head on the road.

Mr Webster was taken to Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital before being transferred to a specialist unit at Glasgow's Southern General Hospital, but died the following day.

A post-mortem examination confirmed he had died as a result of the head injury sustained.

Mr Hamilton said that the accused had clearly "failed to keep a proper lookout or to give Mr Webster the priority he deserved while crossing the road".

"This has been heart-rending for members of his family," he said.

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