Tayside and Central Scotland

Pensioner who knocked down toddler at crossing fined

A pensioner who ran a red light knocked over a toddler and broke his leg.

Margaret MacDonald knocked the three-year-old over at a pedestrian crossing on Crieff Road in Perth because "her mind was on other things" due to her husband being in hospital.

The boy spent four days in Ninewells Hospital in Dundee and had his right leg put in plaster, the court heard.

The 72-year-old admitted careless driving at Perth Sheriff Court and was fined £500.

She also had nine penalty points imposed on her licence.

'Terrible consequences'

The child was crossing the road just ahead of his mother at the pedestrian crossing on 21 March, with the green man showing.

The court heard that MacDonald, of Muthill, Perthshire, "simply didn't notice the lights change" and drove onto the crossing, striking the boy.

She was so upset after the accident that police had to drive her home.

Solicitor Cliff Culley, defending, said his client's "mind was on other things" as her husband was in hospital for treatment.

He said: "There were terrible consequences and she is distraught at what happened. She has to accept the accident happened through her fault."

Sheriff William Wood said: "My concern is the fact that not only did she not see the red light, but she also failed to see people crossing the road.

"That puts it at the higher end of careless driving."

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