Speeding driver who killed dad-of-two banned from the road

Jack Bradbury, 31, pleaded guilty to causing Robert McLeod's death by careless driving.

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A speeding driver who admitted killing a dad-of-two in a car crash has been given a five-year driving ban. 

Jack Bradbury, 31, was also ordered to carry out 300 hours unpaid work after pleading guilty to causing Robert McLeod’s death by careless driving. 

The High Court in Glasgow heard how Bradbury’s Mini Cooper became airborne after he swerved to avoid a van which pulled out in front of him from the central reservation. At the time, it was estimated he was driving in excess of 70mph.

His car smashed onto the bonnet of 58-year-old Mr McLeod’s Volkswagen Tiguan before coming to rest further along the road.

The crash took place on the A80 near Chryston, North Lanarkshire, on November 28, 2017.

McLeod, of Muirhead, North Lanarkshire, was taken to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and later died from his injuries.

Bradbury had originally been charged with causing death by dangerous driving but his plea to the reduced charge was accepted by the Crown.

Judge Lord Braid told Bradbury: “Mr McLeod was a much loved husband and father whose death has left a void. Witnesses said your speed was about 100mph. 

“Police investigators could not estimate the actual speed but said it was in excess of 50mph, at least 70mph, possibly faster, but how much faster it was impossible to say.

“You acknowledge you were travelling at excess speed and you are remorseful.”

Defence counsel Simon Gilbride said: “He [Bradbury] has been profoundly affected by this incident and suffered emotional distress.

“He is apologetic and deeply saddened by what happened.”

Bradbury no longer drives and Mr Gilbride added: “He now has an aversion to being in a car even as a passenger.”

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