Lorry driver cleared of causing Motherwell couple’s deaths

Jake and Emma Grier
Jake and Emma Grier

A lorry driver who knocked down and killed an elderly Motherwell couple has been cleared of causing their deaths through carelessness.

Jake and Emma Grier, both 76, of Roman Road, died when they were hit by the truck in Hamilton town centre in January 2011.

John Campbell (66), of Parkhouse, Glasgow, was charged with causing death by careless driving, but the jury returned a not proven verdict after a four-day trial at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

There were angry scenes in court after the verdict was read out.

The couple had just got off a bus and were crossing the road at traffic lights when they were hit.

It was alleged Campbell should have seen them in front of him, but expert witness Kevin Taylor told the jury he believed the couple would have been ‘invisible’ to Campbell.

He said: “Mr Campbell did not have a good clear view of them when they set off across the road.

“There were a lot of things to observe and consider at this busy road junction for the driver.

“If he had checked his mirrors he would not have seen any pedestrians. They were not in the range of those mirrors.

“The couple would have been invisible.”

Another expert witness, PC Ewan Thomson, said he believed the Griers would have been visible from the truck driver’s position because an adjacent bus driver had claimed to have seen them.

And PC Stuart Donald said he examined the lorry cab after the crash and found a layer of dirt on the windscreen which would have ‘hindered’ the driver’s vision.