Speeding driver Arthur MacVean jailed for killing David Young
- 27 June 2012
- From the section Glasgow & West Scotland
A man who killed a pedestrian in Glasgow after losing control of his car while driving at more than double the speed limit has been jailed.
Arthur MacVean, 63, was found guilty of causing the death of 26-year-old David Young in Scotstoun in June 2010.
MacVean's car had been travelling at more than 60mph in a 30mph zone.
At the High Court in Edinburgh, MacVean - who claimed his vehicle had "a mind of its own" before the crash - was jailed for four-and-a-half years.
He had told his trial that he tried to slow down the car, but that it kept going faster and faster.
However, mechanics who examined the vehicle could find nothing wrong.
Defence QC Donald Findlay suggested there was no explanation for the crash.
"MacVean has been tormenting and torturing himself since this incident trying to find an answer and his remorse for the death of this young man is deep, profound and genuine," he said.
Judge Lord Brailsford accepted that there was "no satisfactory explanation for the offence".
But he told MacVean: "By their finding of guilty, the jury accepted you were responsible for the driving of the vehicle.
"A critical feature of that driving was that the car under your control was travelling at a speed which was scientifically measured as being in excess of 60mph when the speed limit was 30mph."
Mr Young had been walking to Scotstoun Leisure Centre to meet his mother when he was struck by MacVean's car on 1 June 2010.
MacVean, who was found him guilty of causing Mr Young's death by driving dangerously, has also been banned from driving for 10 years.