Death crash driver escapes jail term

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A KIRRIEMUIR motorist who caused a fatal accident by careless driving escaped a prison sentence last week.

Alan Stewart (aged 50) was ordered to perform 150 hours community service and banned from driving at the High Court in Edinburgh last Wednesday.

Stewart, of Baitland Cottage, Airlie, was acquitted at an earlier trial of the original charge of causing the death of Philip Pritchard (48) by driving dangerously between Kirriemuir and Alyth.

But, after a four-day trial, a jury found Stewart guilty of a lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.

The trial heard that, on November 24, 2008, Stewart had been blinded by spray as he passed a lorry on the A926.

Trainee driving instructor Philip Pritchard was heading in the opposite direction and died when Stewart’s Citroen slammed into his Fiat Punto at Reedie Farm, near Westmuir.

Ordering Stewart to carry out 150 hours community service and banning him from driving for two years, Lady Clark said: “I have to take account of the quality of driving. Sentence is not determined by the consequences of driving.”