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An fatal accident inquiry into the death of a top Scots cyclist who was killed two years ago near Fort William is to be held in March.

Jason McIntyre's death at the age of 34 marked the end of a very promising career that included three British time trial titles and 13 Scottish titles. At the time of his death he was training in the hope of inclusion for the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

On January 15, 2008, he was involved in a collision with a Highland Council truck on the A82 Glasgow-Inverness road near the council depot at Carrs Corner.

The driver, Robert McTaggart was fined £500 and banned from driving for six months after pleading guilty to driving carelessly by pulling across the path of Mr MacIntyre, the father of eight-year-old twins, Chloe and Morgan.

A three-day hearing will start before a sheriff at Fort William on March 1, with a preliminary session on February 5 to determine procedural matters.

According to the Lochaber News Mr McIntyre's widow, Caroline, of Fort William, and other members of the family are also suing Highland Council and Mr McTaggart for £500,000 damages in a Court of Session action.

Robert Milligan QC, representing Mr McTaggart and Highland Council, contends the claim is excessive and wants it heard by a judge sitting alone. Lord Brailsford has ruled the damages action could be decided by a jury.

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 6 years ago
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Good luck to Caroline, she deserved to be able to hold someone accountable to what is akin to manslaughter.

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cat1commuter [1420 posts] 6 years ago
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This is a classic case where the driver said "Sorry, I didn't see him". I drove past the place just outside Fort William where it happened a couple of years ago while on holiday, and it seemed totally unbelievable that Scotland's best time trialist could have died there; there is no problem with visibility, dangerous gradients etc...

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Karbon Kev [688 posts] 6 years ago
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Yet another case of disgustingly bad driving and the driver not even going away for it. I hope his wife gets everything she wants. She deserves it!

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OldRidgeback [2566 posts] 6 years ago
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I hope she wins the case - if nothing else it could help set a legal precedent. I don't understand why the truck driver was not charged with manslaughter.