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Bonnybridge man admits causing friend's death in crash

A 22-year-old man has admitted causing the death of his friend by dangerous driving.

Allister Douglas was speeding on the A803 Falkirk to Bonnybridge road when he lost control of his car and crashed head-on into oncoming traffic.

Front-seat passenger Mark McMillan, 20, was killed in the November 2013 crash.

Co-accused Aidan Kilty, who was driving the car in front, admitted careless driving and was banned from the road. Douglas will be sentenced next month.

The High Court in Glasgow heard that both accused knew each other, and had driven off from the same house prior to the incident on 17 November.

Kilty, 20, was driving in front of Douglas, who was following "at an unsafe distance" while both cars travelled at excessive speed.

Fatal injuries

As the cars reached a bend in the A803, Kilty momentarily lost control, straddling the white lines in the middle of the road. Douglas, who was "extremely" close behind, also lost control and spun into the path of an oncoming car.

The nearside of his Renault Clio took the brunt of the impact, and Mr McMillan suffered fatal blunt force trauma injuries to his head and torso.

Douglas, of Bonnybridge, suffered a skull fracture, a punctured left lung, a fractured pelvis and a fracture of the lumbar region, and had to have operations to rebuild his pelvis.

Experts estimated the maximum speed the bend could be taken without losing control was 72mph.

Kilty was banned from driving for a year, and fined £500. He will need to re-sit the driving test before getting his licence back.

Lord Turnbull deferred sentence on Douglas, who pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, until next month at the High Court in Edinburgh.

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