A motorist involved in a pedestrian hit-and-run has avoided jail time. 28-year-old William Dickie knocked down a man on Barns Street, Clydebank on the afternoon of Sunday 6th October 2013. He struck the man, hit a wall, which smashed into another vehicle and then fled the scene. When he later saw the crash being discussed on social media, he handed himself in to police. The victim was assisted by passers-by, who called an ambulance, and he was rushed to the Western Infirmary in Glasgow with a laceration on his forehead and two fractures to his right ankle.
The police searched for Dickie without success. Mr McLeod, the fiscal depute, told the court, “At 10.40pm, the accused attended Clydebank Police Office in relation to the incident, saying, ‘I’m here about the hit-and-run’. He stated he had not struck any person and once the vehicle came to rest, he panicked and ran from the locus. He was later arrested.”
Mr Dickie was sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid work and issued with a three-month restriction of liberty order which means he cannot leave his home between 7pm and 7am. He also received a 15 month driving ban and was ordered to pay a £240 fine. He will have to pass an extended driving test before he is allowed back behind the wheel.
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Source: Clydebank Post
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown