A bus driver has admitted to knocking down and killing a woman in Glasgow city centre.
Gary Kearney, 41, from Blantyre, failed to see Beata Torz as he turned the double decker bus he was driving on to Duke Street at 7.50pm on December 5, 2010.
The driver stopped the bus when he heard a bang and found Ms Torz “lying motionless” under the bus.
At Glasgow Sheriff Court on Friday, August 17, Kearney pleaded guilty to causing the death of Mrs Torz and to driving without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other road users.
Procurator fiscal depute Adam Roberts said: “As he approached the junction of Carntyne Road at Duke Street, because of the size of the vehicle, he used both lanes to enable him to turn right.
“At the junction, he slowed down and stopped and he carried out checks for oncoming traffic. In his words, he ‘looked out, nothing, looked right, nothing, double checked again, nothing’.”
Mrs Torz, who was wearing dark clothing at the time of the incident, died at the scene. Crash investigators found both the victim and Kearney were to blame for the collision.
Mr Roberts added: “Gary Kearney failed to take proper observations before turning onto Duke Street.
“Despite the fact that the deceased was wearing dark clothing and crossing away from a pool of light cast by the street lamp, she should have been visible in the vehicle’s headlights had the driver looked properly.”
Defence advocate Tony Lenehan said Kearney, a father-of-three, accepted he will need to find a new job and his concern was for the consequences on his and Ms Torz’s families.
Sheriff Sam Cathcart deferred sentence on Kearney until next month for reports.