A police officer has admitted causing the death of a taxi driver by careless driving.
Officer David Brown pled guilty to causing John Lacon’s death during a hearing at the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday.
Brown’s lawyers put forward a plea of guilty to reduced charge of causing the death by careless driving, but it was rejected by the Crown, who have charged the officer with causing Mr Lacon’s death by dangerous driving.
The 29-year-old Strathclyde Police officer’s Ford Transit van collided with the Fiat Doblo taxi on Great Western Road in the city’s west end, near to its junction with Dorchester Avenue on April 29 last year.
Brown is accused of driving dangerously at speeds of more than 30mph and running a red light before colliding with the 65-year-old’s taxi.
Mr Lacon, of Verona Avenue, Scotstoun, died of his injuries on May 11, 2011 at Glasgow Western Infirmary.
Advocate Thomas Ross, defending, said: "I am tendering a plea to causing death by careless driving. The plea was tendered on the basis that Brown was not driving at speeds in excess of 30mph and did not drive through a red light."
Advocate depute Martin Macari, prosecuting, said: "This plea is rejected by the Crown." Mr Ross responded: "There will require to be a trial diet. There has been an acceptance of responsibility to some extent."
Brown will stand trial over the charge in October.
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