South Scotland

Thomas Black jailed over baby Oliver Hewson death crash

Dumfries Sheriff Court
Image caption Black was jailed for a year at Dumfries Sheriff Court

A 62-year-old Gretna man has been jailed for causing the death of an 18-day-old baby boy by careless driving on the A75 in Dumfries and Galloway.

Thomas Black, of Central Avenue, hit a car being driven by Oliver Hewson's mother, causing it to spin into the path of another vehicle on the A75 near Carrutherstown.

The child died as a result of his injuries in March this year.

Black was jailed for 12 months and banned from driving for three years.

He had previously admitted driving at excessive speed for the road lay-out and failing to notice Suzanne Hewson's car waiting to turn right into a minor road.

He struck her vehicle, causing it to spin across the carriageway and into the path of an oncoming car.

As a result both cars left the road and the baby died.

Ms Hewson and the driver of the oncoming car, Rebecca Thompson, were both injured.

Dumfries Sheriff Court was told Black had claimed a low sun had been causing him difficulties in seeing the back of the other car.

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