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Son heard crash victim father's last words as lorry ploughed into car

HGV driver struck Archibald Graham's car which had ran out of fuel on busy dual carriageway in Renfrewshire.

Paisley Sheriff Court: Dick was handed a five-year ban.
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The son of a fatal crash victim heard his father's last words on the phone before a lorry ploughed into his car.

HGV driver Andrew Dominick struck Archibald Graham's car which had ran out of fuel on a busy dual carriageway in Renfrewshire.

A court was told how the son of Mr Graham heard his father's last words seconds before he died when the truck hit his car and killed him outright.

Mr Graham, 68, had called him to say that the vehicle had run out of fuel and come to a sudden halt on the A737 dual carriageway.

Suddenly, the phone connection was terminated indicating that something was wrong.

The Malcolm's HGV driven by Dominick struck the car at over 50mph near to St James' Interchange on May 7 last year. The 68-year-old occupant of the car suffered internal injuries.

Depute fiscal Amanada Gallagher said the accused had left the Malcolm's transport depot nearby just minutes earlier and was travelling east on the A737.

The fuel-starved car had been partially on the grass verge and partially on the carriageway when impact occurred.

Dominick told police he simply had not seen it as he had been blinded by the sun.

In court, the 63-year-old trucker admitted causing Mr Graham's death by driving carelessly and failing to observe his vehicle.

Mr Graham had left his home address in Ayrshire to head for work in his Ford Ranger at 5.30am.

The collision occurred at 5.50am after he had called his employer to let them know the vehicle had broken down or run out of fuel, and telephoned his son with a similar message.

It was during that last phone call from his mobile phone that the line suddenly went dead, said Ms Gallagher.

Other motorists who stopped to try and give assistance, found Mr Graham trapped inside his car. Dominick told them he had not seen the broken down vehicle because of the low sun.

Emergency services attended to free the trapped motorist from the crumpled wreckage and he was taken to Paisley's Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley where he was pronounced dead an hour later.

Police enquiries revealed that Dominick had been driving at 54mph just before impact. It was concluded that the majority of blame rested on his shoulders.

Ms Gallagher told the court: "The conditions should have alerted him to be driving at a slower speed."

CCTV footage taken from the cab of the lorry also showed that there had been condensation on the inside of the lorry's windscreen.

Defence agent Lindsay MacNeill said her client wished to express deep remorse to the family of the dead man. The condensation, she stressed, was below the driver's sight line and around the edges of the windscreen.

Sheriff Seith Ireland deferred sentence and called for background reports to be prepared.

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