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A man who drove a quad bike down the sidewalk and killed a retiree in Glasgow has been jailed for nearly five years.
Kurt Kilgour had been into alcoholic beverages and drugs when he lost control of the vehicle in Knightswood in July 2019.
He struck Margaret Meldrum, 75, who was on her way to the local grocery store, causing her fatal injuries.
The 25-year-old was driving the Honda off-road vehicle for the first time after purchasing it from Gumtree.
Kilgour was unable to slow down and take evasive action.
He was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison in the Edinburgh High Court.
Judge Lord Burns told him: “You were under the influence of drink and drugs and your alcohol reading was above the legal limit.
“Apparently this was the first time he had driven this vehicle.”
He added that Kilgour shouldn’t have driven it on a public road in the first place.
The judge said that during an interview with a social worker who prepared a background report on Kilgour, he had “tried to minimize” his liability by falsely claiming that he had to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle.
He added: “It is doubtful that he was telling the truth when he said that he had not used alcohol and drugs that day.”
Lord Burns said: “You were 23 years old at the time of this crime and I must take into account the fact that you will have to rejoin society once the inevitable custodial sentence has been served.”
“Her remorse for him, referred to by his attorney, is somewhat undermined by minimizing his responsibility to the social worker,” he said.
The judge told Kilgour, previously a resident of Great Western Road, Glasgow, that he would have faced a six-year sentence, had it not been for his guilty plea.
He was banned from driving for eight years and 10 months.
Mrs Meldrum of death
During the trial, Kilgour admitted to causing the death of Ms Meldrum by dangerous driving after consuming alcohol and controlled drugs.
Before hitting the pavement at Millbrix Avenue, he repeatedly drove on the opposite road. The incident was captured in footage taken by a friend of Kilgour’s.
Alcohol, cocaine, and valium
Two people who lived near her came to the aid of the affected retiree after she was run over by the quad and trapped her. Firefighters managed to free her from her and paramedics treated her, but she died after sustaining head, neck and chest injuries.
When they located Kilgour, she smelled of alcohol. She told police that she had put the bike in fourth gear and lost control.
Prosecutor Leanne McQuillan said: “He disclosed that he had been using alcohol, cocaine and valium for the past few days.”
It emerged that Kilgour only had a provisional license and that the quad could not be legally used on public roads.
Defense attorney Tony Graham QC said: “The consequences of that particular day he sees as the utmost irresponsibility on his part – an irresponsibility that has consumed human life and that is something that has worried him to this day and hopes to upset him. for the rest of his life. “