Driver who killed 'devoted dad' in double crash after overtaking at speed jailed

Anthony Duncan died after Kyle Reid lost control of his car while overtaking at speed on the A947.

Driver who killed ‘devoted dad’ in double crash after overtaking at speed jailed Police Scotland

A driver who killed a van driver in a horror double crash has been jailed for four years and three months.

Kyle Reid, 27, lost control when he tried to overtake a vehicle on the A947 near Whiterashes, Aberdeenshire on December 11, 2020.

Reid’s Ford Focus entered the wrong side of the road when he skidded and struck an HGV.

The collision caused the lorry to hit 62-year-old Anthony Duncan’s VW transporter van, killing him, while his passenger, 58, was seriously injured.

Reid later denied performing the overtaking manoeuvre which caused the death of Mr Duncan – known as Web – when questioned by police around nine months after the crash.

Reid pled guilty to causing Mr Duncan’s death and his passenger’s severe injury by dangerous driving.

He was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow.

Judge Lord Mulholland said: “You were travelling too fast at 71 miles per hour which was 18 to 19 percent above the maximum speed for this road.

“You overtook a vehicle and when you lost control you oversteered and were unable to correct this. 

“You entered the other lane reserved for vehicles travelling in the opposite direction and connected with the front of a lorry which then lost control.

“The lorry collided with the van driven by Anthony Duncan when he lost his life and his passenger was seriously injured.

“These collisions need not to have happened if driving in a safe manner.

“A motor vehicle can be used as a lethal weapon in the wrong hands and unfortunate for them it was in your hands that day.

“You have caused untold grief and misery for both families and have given Mr Duncan’s family a life sentence.

“He was a much loved partner, father and son. I read the victim impact statement from his widow which was heart-wrenching. 

“You denied carrying out the overtaking manoeuvre which was a deliberate attempt to avoid responsibility for the collision nine or ten months after it. 

“You had plenty of time to work out what you were going to say to the police and this was not done in a state of panic.”

Reid, of Insch, Aberdeenshire, was also disqualified from driving by 11 years and seven months at the sentencing.

It was revealed that he has previous convictions for speeding and driving without insurance as well as with no licence.

Gareth Jones KC, defending, told the sentencing that his client shows “empathy” towards his victims.

The advocate added: “Mr Reid suffered significant injuries during the collision and has had to go through lengthy rehabilitation.

“He feels extremely uncomfortable in discussing the nature of his injuries he sustained and the effect it had on him as it pales in comparison to the injuries of his victims.”

Mr Duncan – who was involved with his local Highland football team Turriff United for ten years – was hailed as a “genuine legend” in a tribute posted by the team after his death.

His family’s statement said: “We are heartbroken that Web was tragically taken from us. Web will be remembered for his selfless loving nature.”

They said the “loving husband, devoted dad, granda, brother and friend” would be “sorely missed by all”

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