Trial set for Broughty bus driver

Dundee Sheriff Court

Dundee Sheriff Court

A bus driver is to stand trial accused of speeding up through a red light in Broughty Ferry before running down a young woman and causing her “severe” injuries.

Alistair Forbes appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court to face a single charge of dangerous driving causing severe injury.

It is alleged that while driving a bus in Broughty Ferry’s Queen Street, at the junction with Fort Street, Forbes “increased the speed” of the Stagecoach double decker bus as he approached an amber light.

Prosecutors say it turned red before he sped through it, failing to stop, before colliding with Keira Duff, 20, of Dundee, who is said to have been severely injured.

Forbes, 58, of Queen Street, Dundee, denies a charge on summary complaint of dangerous driving causing serious injury allegedly committed on April 6 last year.

Solicitor advocate Jim Laverty, defending, said Forbes would plead guilty if the charge was reduced to careless driving.

Fiscal depute Matthew Kerr refused that plea and asked that trial dates be set on the dangerous driving charge.

Sheriff George Way set a trial date in March and ordered Forbes to attend a pre-trial hearing in February.