Speeding driver with flat tyre admits causing man's death in crash

Gabriel Lungu died in hospital following the crash in Aberdeen on December 30, 2021.

Connor Wilson admits causing death of Gabriel Lungu in Aberdeen after crashing into car and fleeing scene Police Scotland

A driver killed another motorist after driving at grossly excessive speed with a deflated front tyre.

Connor Wilson failed to reduce speed approaching a junction and collided with a vehicle being driven by Gabriel Lungu who later died in hospital.

Wilson, 23, and a passenger fled the scene of the crash in a built up area of Aberdeen on December 30 in 2021 and he later claimed to police that although he had been in the car he did not drive it 

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that forensic analysis placed him in the driver’s seat of the VW Golf and his DNA was found on the steering wheel.

The court heard he was caught on footage driving at 56 mph seconds before the collision in an area with a 30 mph speed limit and an advisory recommendation that drivers stick to 20 mph.

Wilson, from Westhill in Aberdeenshire, admitted causing the death of Mr Lungu, 43, by driving dangerously and at grossly excessive speed, when he appeared in court.

He drove with a deflated front nearside tyre, failed to adhere to road signs and markings, failed to reduce speed on the approach to a junction at Hilton Avenue and Hilton Drive, failed to give way to other road users and collided with the Dacia driven by Mr Lungu.

A judge told Wilson that because he has never previously been imprisoned he was required to have a background report prepared on him before sentencing.

Wilson’s defence counsel Kelly Duling asked that his bail be continued and said he has never previously received a custodial sentence and he was subject to the sentencing guidelines for young people. She said custody “is not totally inevitable”.

But Lord Fairley remanded Wilson in custody ahead of sentencing. He said it was an extremely serious offence and the likelihood of him not going to prison was “negligible”.    

The judge was shown footage of a drive through at the scene with “give way” signs illuminated and circular panels painted with the 20 advisory speed limit.

Prosecutor Eric Robertson told the court that the partner of Mr Lungu was not in “a sufficient emotional state” to attend Monday’s court proceedings. 

Mr Lungu, a Romanian who moved to the UK in 2011, worked in the construction industry. After the crash he managed to get out of the extensively damaged vehicle he was driving but was in pain and was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

It was discovered he sustained a ruptured vein and he underwent emergency surgery, but died from abdominal injuries following the collision..  

The two vehicles were extensively damaged in the crash and ended up in the garden of a property with loud music blaring from one of them.

The sentencing of Wilson, a barber, was adjourned until May 7.

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