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Driver mounted pavement before ploughing into tourists

Edward Kolakovic was found guilty of hitting a group of four people with his car in Fife last year.

St Andrews: Four tourists were injured.
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A driver who mounted a pavement and ploughed into a group of tourists in Fife is facing jail.

Tree surgeon Edward Kolakovic sped off down Market Street in St Andrews after being held up by cars parking on either side and a lorry being unloaded.

The 33-year-old then tried to turn right but lost control of his Volkswagen Golf, ploughing into four Chinese tourists, seriously injuring two of them, before smashing into a shopfront.

One of the group suffered "complex" fractures to his feet and ankles that required surgery before he could fly home.

Another suffered a cracked bone in his foot and a fractured toe.

A court was shown CCTV of the moment of impact, with the streets busy with pedestrians as Kolakovic accelerated quickly away from a blockage on Market Street caused by other traffic.

Fiscal depute Chris McIntosh told Dundee Sheriff Court the CCTV proved the crash had nothing to do with the accused trying to take evasive action.

He said: "The incident occurred at around 11.45am when the four individuals were walking on Church Street on the west pavement.

"The accused was driving on Market Street and his progress was impeded by a lorry unloading and cars parking.

"He accelerated quickly along Market Street and as he attempted to turn right he lost control, mounting the west pavement and colliding with the four witnesses.

"The accused got out to check on the welfare of the four witnesses and police attended.

"The four injured parties were taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee by ambulance."

'He accelerated quickly along Market Street and as he attempted to turn right he lost control, mounting the west pavement and colliding with the four witnesses.'
Fiscal depute Chris McIntosh

Kolakovic, from St Andrews, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving on January 12, 2018.

Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released Kolakovic on bail in the meantime.

He said: "This appeared to be driving that might be characterised as impatient with acceleration that was too hard and a failure to take account that these were relatively narrow streets.

"There was a loss of control that goes with that manner of driving."

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