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Inverness mechanic's death 'avoidable'

Roslyn and Kevin Mykoliw
Image caption Mechanic Kevin Mykoliw and his wife Roslyn

A mechanic's death in a crash between the coach he was in and an unhitched trailer could have been avoided, a sheriff has said.

Kevin Mykoliw, 37, died when driver Arthur Botterill overtook a stationary lorry and crashed into the trailer on an industrial estate in October 2008.

Following a fatal accident inquiry (FAI), Sheriff Ian Abercrombie said the trailer was in the wrong place.

When not in use the trailer should have been in a designated off-road site.

The trailer's owners, Tulloch Transport, were required to park it at the trailer park, or at another authorised location, as part of its operator's licence.

In his newly-released determination, Sheriff Abercrombie also said the brake test Mr Mykoliw was carrying out should not have been done in the dark before dawn.

Mr Mykoliw and Mr Botterill were testing the brakes on the 20-seater vehicle for bus company D&E Coaches in Inverness's Longman Industrial Estate.

The mechanic was kneeling at the front of the coach in the stairwell carrying out his duties with a braking meter.

Last September, Mr Botterill was sentenced to 210-hours community service after he admitted a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Mr Mykoliw's wife Roslyn and their family described the community service order as a "joke" and said it was unduly lenient.

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