Glasgow & West Scotland

Bus driver Christopher Droy sentenced over OAP death

A bus driver who knocked down a 77-year-old man who later died has been given a community sentence.

Christopher Droy, 37, was at the wheel of the double-decker Stagecoach bus which hit Alexander Gowans on Glasgow's Sauchiehall Street on 1 July 2013.

Droy, from the city's Milton area, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Gowans' death by careless driving.

At Glasgow Sheriff Court he was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work as part of a community payback order.

Droy was also disqualified from driving for 18 months and told he must sit an extended driving test before getting his licence back.

Driver distracted

The court heard that Droy was driving the bus along Sauchiehall Street at about 17:25 on the day of the incident.

A man who was waiting on the bus noticed it was not the usual driver and waved at the bus to attract Droy's attention.

The court heard that this played a part in Droy not seeing Mr Gowans, who was crossing the road at the time.

CCTV footage which captured the incident was played to the court.

The bus hit Mr Gowans as he made his way across the road, knocking him to the ground.

Passers by immediately stopped to help and Droy stopped the bus within two metres.

The court heard he was travelling at about 15mph at the time of the incident.

Mr Gowans was taken to hospital after suffering head and chest injuries but later contracted pneumonia and died.

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