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Police officer David Brown to stand trial over death of John Lacon

A police officer accused of causing the death of a taxi driver by dangerous driving is to stand trial in October.

David Brown was driving the police Ford Transit van when it hit John Lacon's Fiat Doblo taxi on Great Western Road, Glasgow, on 29 April 2011.

The 65-year-old died from his injuries almost two weeks later.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Mr Brown, 29, admitted a reduced charge of causing death by careless driving but his plea was rejected by the Crown.

It is alleged that Mr Brown, in the course of his duties as a police officer, drove dangerously at speeds in excess of 30 mph, went through a red light and collided with Mr Lacon's taxi.

Park incident

At the time of the crash, Mr Brown was on his way to attend an incident at an unofficial party in Kelvingrove Park.

Both vehicles were extensively damaged and Mr Lacon, from the city's Scotstoun area, died of his injuries on 11 May 2011 at Glasgow Western Infirmary.

A passenger in the police van and a passenger in the taxi were injured.

Advocate Thomas Ross, defending, said: "I am tendering a plea to causing death by careless driving."

The plea was tendered on the basis that Mr Brown was not driving at speeds in excess of 30mph and did not drive through a red light.

Advocate depute Martin Macari, prosecuting, said: "This plea is rejected by the Crown."

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