Driver of 4x4 found guilty

A Brechin man who said he did not see a scooter before he pulled out of a junction in his 4x4 has been found guilty of causing the driver’s death.

Mother-of-two Jennifer Chalmers, 53, died when her scooter was involved in a collision with John Cameron’s Land Rover Freelander on January 25 2011.

Mr Cameron, 51, told Stonehaven Sheriff Court that he did not see Ms Chalmers as he pulled out on to the town’s Arduthie Road from Westfield Road and had initially thought he had driven over a traffic island.

He told the court he had looked in both directions before moving out, and that he had not been “preoccupied” with getting out of the junction in front of an oncoming car from the left.

The jury also heard from two police collision inspectors who believed Mr Cameron had cut the corner at such an extreme angle that he had been in the eastbound lane travelling west when he collided with the scooter head on.

The 51 year old’s defence team argued that Mr Cameron had not seen Ms Chalmers because her bike was already on the ground after skidding on the damp ground and falling onto its side before he hit her.

Last Friday, fiscal depute Alan Townsend told the jury there was no excuse for Mr Cameron not to see the scooter and said “If he had been looking correctly and paying proper care and attention he should have seen it, he should have stopped, he should have braked, and he could have avoided the scooter.”

After an eight-day trial at Stonehaven Sheriff Court before Sheriff David Hall, a jury of eight women and seven men found John Cameron, or Lubbock Park, Brechin, guilty by a majority verdict. The jury took less than two hours to convict the man of causing the 53 year-old’s death by driving carelessly.

Although Mr Cameron was found guilty of dangerous driving, the jury amended the charge to remove all mention of him driving on the wrong carriageway. Mr Cameron, who has no previous convictions and only a minor speeding offence, will be sentenced later this month.