Glasgow & West Scotland

Driver admits killing pedestrian

Ross McChrystal
Image caption Ross McChrystal was driving at more than twice the speed limit

A motorist whose high-powered Range Rover hit and killed a man on a country road near Glasgow has admitted causing his death by careless driving.

Ross McChrystal, 20, was driving at more than twice the 30mph speed limit when he hit Edward Devlin on the A891 Campsie Road, Lennoxtown, in June 2009.

The High Court in Glasgow heard the 40-year-old victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sentence on McChrystal was deferred and he was released on bail.

He was also banned from driving before appearing in court again next month.

The court heard how the incident happened at about 0230 BST on 22 June as Mr Devlin and his partner Theresa Sinclair walked home in Lennoxtown after a night at a friend's house.

No pulse

McChrystal, from Kirkintilloch, was driving home after dropping off a female friend when he rounded a bend and saw Mr Devlin walking along the middle of the carriageway.

When he applied the brakes, his high-powered Range Rover moved across the road and struck Mr Devlin.

The 40-year-old, who was blind in one eye, was then thrown further along the road.

McChrystal got out of his car, attempted CPR and called for an ambulance.

A passing off-duty nurse also tried to help but could not find a pulse and Mr Devlin was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

Crash investigators later concluded that McChrystal, who has previous convictions for driving offences, was likely driving at 71mph before the crash.

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