Stirling bin lorry driver charged over man’s death

Picture: John Devlin
Picture: John Devlin
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THE driver of a council bin lorry has been charged over the death of an 80-year-old disabled man, crushed by a refuse vehicle while driving his mobility scooter.

The accident happened last December, barely three weeks before six people were killed in the George Square tragedy in Glasgow.

Peter Wills, a former teacher and SNP activist, had been out on his buggy on Sheriffmuir Road, near Bridge of Allan in Stirlingshire, when he was hit by a vehicle operated by Stirling Council.

The granddad to seven had stood for the nationalists at the 2003 council elections and had lived in the area for over 40 years.

Yesterday, Police Scotland confirmed that following investigations, a 42-year-old man has been charged with careless and inconsiderate driving.

A police spokesman said:”Extensive enquiries were conducted by the Stirling Road Policing Unit to determine the full circumstances surrounding the collision, which occurred on 3rd December 2014.

“A 42-year-old man has been charged with causing death by careless and inconsiderate driving.

“The man will appear in court at a later date.”

A Stirling Council spokesperson said:“The individual who has been charged is no longer an employee of Stirling Council and we will work to cooperate with the police in any way possible.”

After suffering a severe stroke, the dead man was in the habit of using his electric wheelchair to travel the two miles from his home to a local reservoir to get some air.


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