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Jail warning for driver over Aberdeen crossing death

Kevin Milne
Image caption A witness said Milne accelerated as if trying to beat the lights

A speeding driver who killed a woman on a pedestrian crossing in Aberdeen has been warned he faces jail.

Kevin Milne, 25, was driving his Renault Clio at nearly twice the 30mph limit when he failed to stop at lights on Beach Boulevard in April last year.

Nigerian national Dayan Chibor, 27, was knocked down and died instantly from head injuries.

Milne pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh.

Mrs Chibor had left a supermarket and was heading home when she stepped onto the crossing near the junction with Links Road on 5 April.

Advocate depute Richard Goddard said other drivers stopped as the crossing lights changed to amber.

He said a witness had described seeing Milne's car speed past, accelerating as if trying to "beat the lights".

"He then heard a bang and saw something fly up into the air," said Mr Goddard.

Image caption Dayan Chibor died in the accident

Mrs Chibor had started to run before she was hit by Milne's car, he said.

Milne accelerated away after the accident and his car was later found with a smashed windscreen.

Soon afterwards Milne handed himself in to police.

When questioned he admitted driving at 50mph and claimed he braked, but did not have time to slow down.

Expert analysis of CCTV footage later revealed he had been driving at 57mph.

Mr Goddard added: "Had the accused been travelling at the speed limit, Mrs Chibor would have had time to cross the road."

Judge Lord Uist allowed Milne, a store man, to remain on bail while background reports were prepared.

But he told him: "You should not assume you will be at liberty after that date."

Milne is due to be sentenced in Aberdeen in January .

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