Inquiry to be held into Scots cycling champ's death

McIntyre's family to sue Highland Council

by Tom Henry   January 22, 2010  

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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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Good luck to Caroline, she deserved to be able to hold someone accountable to what is akin to manslaughter.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1080 posts]
22nd January 2010 - 14:04

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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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22nd January 2010 - 14:39

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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!

posted by Karbon Kev [667 posts]
22nd January 2010 - 15:26

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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.

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22nd January 2010 - 17:25

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