Tayside and Central Scotland

Death crash driver sentenced

A man who caused the death of a 62-year-old biker in a head-on collision has been given a community sentence.

James Lambert suffered multiple fractures after he was hit by Graeme McLaughlin's car on the A822 between Muthill and Crieff in July 2014.

McLaughlin was ordered to perform 240 hours unpaid work and banned from driving for four years.

A court heard that McLaughlin was so traumatised by the crash that he has not driven since.

The 30-year-old, from East Kilbride, admitted causing Mr Lambert's death by careless driving.

He was initially charged with causing death by dangerous driving before prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to the reduced charge.

The High Court in Glasgow was told Mr Lambert's BMW motorcycle, which was coming in the opposite direction, was struck "full force" as McLaughlin overtook a Land Rover.

The force of the impact caused Mr Lambert's bike to fragment. He suffered fractures to his legs, ribs and spine and died from massive blood loss and shock.

Defence counsel Tony Graham said: "Mr McLaughlin offers his apologies to the family of Mr Lambert for the consequences of his actions on that day.

"Mr McLaughlin says that day will haunt him forever."

Judge Lord Armstrong told McLaughlin: "This was not a deliberate course of bad driving, but negligence and momentary inattention on your part."

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