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Stranraer man admits Batley driver death crash charge

Mark Hoare
Image caption Mark Hoare died as a result of the accident on the A75 near Springholm last year

A Stranraer man has admitted causing the death of a young driver from West Yorkshire on the A75 in January 2011.

Brian Shingleston, 58, from Stranraer, was due to face a jury trial at Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court but pled guilty to the offence.

He admitted causing the death of Mark Hoare, 22, from Batley, by driving without due care and attention.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb called for the preparation of reports and imposed an interim driving ban.

The accident happened while Shingleston was negotiating a left-hand bend near Springholm on 24 January last year.

He admitted causing his vehicle to cross the centre line of the road onto the oncoming lane and collide with a car being driven by Mr Hoare, who was so seriously injured that he died.

A passenger in the car, Wilfred McCrorie, from Castle Kennedy, was also injured.

Shingleston, who will be sentenced on 22 March, was allowed bail.

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