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Driver Lorraine Bruce sentenced over Gavin Currie death

Gavin Currie
Image caption Gavin Currie died after being struck by Lorraine Bruce's car as he crossed Main Street in Neilston

A motorist who admitted causing the death of a 25-year-old pedestrian by careless driving has been given a community sentence.

Lorraine Bruce was distracted by a crowd when her car hit Gavin Currie at a zebra crossing in Neilston, Renfrewshire, on 28 December 2011.

At Paisley Sheriff Court, she was given a community payback order requiring her to complete 150 hours of unpaid work.

Bruce was also banned from driving for 12 months.

Sheriff Susan Sinclair said that, having considered all of the circumstances, imprisonment would not be appropriate.

'Low carelessness'

She said the accused was a first offender and "the level of carelessness was low".

"What you were doing was paying attention to the one side of the road and not the other and you failed to check to the right," the sheriff said.

A previous hearing was told how Mr Currie and others had gathered at the Kinloch Bar to watch a football match that was being televised there.

He had left to go to a cash machine and was returning when Bruce's car hit him as he crossed a zebra crossing on Main Street.

Mr Currie struck his head on the windscreen of the car, causing the glass to smash, before falling to the ground.

He was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where he died two days later.

Defence agent Gordon Ritchie it was particularly tragic as his client had been driving within the speed limit, and was paying attention to others whom she saw as posing a potential risk due to uncertainty about what they might do.

The lawyer said that his client told police afterwards: "I just didn't see him."

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