Inquiry into Mhairi Convy and Laura Stewart road deaths

Mhairi Convy and Laura Stewart Mhairi Convy (left) and Laura Stewart were both students at the former Glasgow College of Commerce

A fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the deaths of two students who were allegedly hit by a car in Glasgow city centre is to be held early next year.

Mhairi Convy, 18, and 20-year-old Laura Stewart, died in hospital following the incident in North Hanover Street, on 17 December 2010.

The driver, William Payne, 53, was later charged with causing their deaths while driving uninsured but the case was dropped by prosecutors.

The FAI will be begin in February.

An initial preliminary hearing will take place at Glasgow Sheriff Court next month before a full inquiry is expected to start in February.

Shopping trip

Ms Convy, of Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire, and Ms Stewart, of Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, were accounts students at the former Central College of Commerce.

The friends were on a free period when they headed towards the city centre to do some Christmas shopping.

It was reported at the time that they were fatally injured after being struck by a 4x4 Range Rover which mounted the kerb.

Both students died of their injuries at the city's Royal Infirmary.

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