Tree crash driver at Kirky says lover screaming about wasp distracted him

A driver who crashed into a tree at Kirkintilloch claimed he was distracted by his screaming lover as a wasp had entered the car.

Wednesday, 6th January 2021, 2:01 pm

William McGarvey, 71, also drove onto the opposite side of the road and collided with a car on the B757 in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire in September 2019.

He pled guilty at Glasgow Sheriff Court to dangerous driving.

The court heard the crash victim tried to avoid McGarvey’s car as it came towards him across the opposing carriageway.

Prosecutor Chris Farrell said: “The vehicles collided and the accused came to rest at a tree.”

McGarvey and his partner exited the car and he said: “It’s my fault, I know what I’ve done.”

He was traced two days later and arrested by police.

McGarvey said: “She let out a scream and grabbed me, the next thing I know I was on the other side of the road.”

Ashley Pollock, defending, told the court that McGarvey, a pensioner, has two previous driving convictions.

The lawyer added: “He was in the vehicle with his former partner.

“She let out a loud scream as a result of a wasp entering the car and he lost control.

“His standard of driving fell below as he lost control and entered the opposing carriageway - he is regretful.

“He lost control of his car as he was distracted by his partner.”

Sheriff Stuart Reid stated McGarvey, from Glasgow, had a “colourful record” and fined him £630 and disqualified him from driving for five years.