South Scotland

Thomas Black admits causing death of baby Oliver Hewson in crash

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption Sentence was deferred on Black when he appeared at Dumfries Sheriff Court

A 62-year-old Gretna man has admitted causing the death of an 18-day-old baby boy by careless driving on the A75 in Dumfries and Galloway.

Thomas Black, of Central Avenue, hit a car being driven by Oliver Hewson's mother, causing it to spin into the path of another vehicle near Carrutherstown.

The child died as a result of his injuries in March this year.

Sheriff George Jamieson deferred sentence but banned Black from driving.

At Dumfries Sheriff Court, Black admitted driving at excessive and inappropriate speeds for the road layout.

He failed to keep a proper lookout and did not notice Suzanne Hewson's car waiting to turn right into a minor road.

He admitted failing to brake or take any evasive action in time to avoid colliding with the vehicle and causing it to spin across the carriageway into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

As a result both cars left the road and the baby died.

Ms Hewson and the driver of the oncoming car, Rebecca Thompson, were both injured.

The sheriff told Black: "The court will be considering a sentence of imprisonment.

"As you have not received any prison sentence previously I will have to obtain reports and you will be banned from driving meantime."

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