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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:21 pm 
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Scots taxi driver leaves passenger scarred for life after running over her when she left his cab

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crim ... r-23822634

Gerald Burns reversed over Maria Reid, who has since died, leaving her with a 29-inch scar down her leg.

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A taxi driver left a passenger with a 29-inch scar after reversing over her and breaking her leg when she got out of his car.

Gerald Burns did not realise Maria Reid, who has since passed away, was behind his vehicle after he dropped her off.

Burns, 53, reversed over her, believing she was actually a pothole, as she stood behind his car trying to catch her breath.

She was rushed to hospital for treatment following the incident and had surgery to place supporting pins into the break, leaving her with a 29-inch scar on her thigh, and unable to walk without a crutch.

The details emerged on Tuesday when Burns, of Paisley, appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court to plead guilty over the February 4, 2019, incident.

He pleaded guilty to driving without due care or attention.

Procurator Fiscal Depute David McDonald said Burns had picked Mrs Reid up and dropped her off in Ritchie Park, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, "without incident."

The prosecutor added: "Mrs Reid stood at the rear of the vehicle and looked as though she was trying to catch her breath.

"A witness saw the vehicle reverse slowly as though unaware Mrs Reid was standing behind the vehicle.

"This manoeuvre knocked Mrs Reid to the ground. Mrs Reid shouted out at this time.

"The incident also attracted the attention of members of the public on the street.

"All parties then saw the driver, apparently still unaware of Mrs Reid's presence, reverse his vehicle allowing the rear offside wheel to rise up onto Mrs Reid’s leg.

"Mr Burns then allowed his vehicle to roll forwards off of Mrs Reid.

"The members of the public on the street alerted Mr Burns to the incident and he alighted from his vehicle.

"Mr Burns appeared shocked when he realised what had happened.

"Mr Burns mentioned to the members of the public that he had been distracted by a radio message and that he thought the resistance he felt whilst undertaking his reversing manoeuvre had been caused by a pothole in the road."

After the police arrived, Burns took responsibility and mentioned the potholes, with officers spotting two potholes behind one of the back wheels of the taxi.

After hearing from defence lawyer Tony Callahan that losing his licence would affect his livelihood, Sheriff Tom McCartney adjourned sentencing until Thursday and said: "I feel I need a little time to assess this matter and all that's been said."


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:23 pm 
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Headline reminds me of the Echo's stuff about a driver 'mowing down' a pedestrian, which made it sound deliberate.

When I saw the headline for this I thought the act was deliberate, maybe after some sort of argument that got out of hand:

Scots taxi driver leaves passenger scarred for life after running over her when she left his cab

But a rehashed version of the article on another site gives a totally different impression from the headline:


Taxi driver reversed over passenger he thought was a pothole when she got out of his car

The two articles are more or less identical, but the headlines 'frame' them totally differently.


Minor point, perhaps, but first headline is also gramatically incorrect, or at least I think it is - 'LEAVES passenger scarred for life' might be better as 'LEFT passenger scarred for life', as the victim has since died.

Call me cynical, but maybe reason it's LEAVES rather than LEFT is that it sound slightly more dramatic?


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 2:38 pm 
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very sad although I have a feeling we have already discussed this incident but am feeling too lazy to search

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 31, 2021 5:00 pm 
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But for the grace of god.

The fella has admitted his mistake, and no doubt the insurance company have, or will, pay out to the lady's estate.

The fella should keep his license, but unless he is a fully paid up member of the SNP he is f***ed.

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Scots taxi driver who ran over passenger leaving her scarred for life keeps his licence

https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/crim ... n-23837154

Gerald Burns left Maria Reid, who has since died, with a 29-inch scar down her leg after knocking her down outside her home.

A taxi driver has been allowed to keep his driving licence after leaving a passenger with a broken leg and a 29-inch scar - by reversing over her when she left his car.

Gerald Burns was fined £600 for striking Maria Reid, who has since sadly died, seconds after dropping her off outside her home.

He also had seven penalty points placed on his licence, meaning his licence will not be banned from driving and can continue to work as a cabbie.

Burns, 53, was unaware she had stopped behind his vehicle to catch her breath and reversed over her, believing she was actually a pothole.

He left her with a fracture to her right femur, "extreme pain to her right knee and bruising and tenderness to her shoulder" and she was rushed to hospital for treatment.

Medics placed supporting pins into the break, and she was left with a 29-inch scar on her thigh, and unable to walk without a crutch.

Burns, of Paisley, admitted his guilt over the February 4, 2019 incident when he appeared in the dock at Paisley Sheriff Court on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to driving without due care or attention and sentencing was adjourned until Thursday for Sheriff Tom McCartney "to assess" what to do.

When Burns returned to the dock on Thursday morning, the judge said: "The circumstances of this case are very unfortunate and somewhat unusual.

"Your failure has been accepted to be a failure to drive with due care or attention, rather than recklessly or dangerously.

"The injuries which were caused to Mrs Reid were serious and it was very sad to hear in the Crown narration that Mr Reid has subsequently passed away.

"In sentencing, I need to have regard to the level of lack of care involved.

"You work as a private hire driver and should be expected to be particularly mindful of passengers entering or alighting from your vehicle.

"Having given the matter careful consideration, I have considered the level of carelessness is not such that I require to impose a disqualification.

"The offence can properly be dealt with by the imposition of penalty points and a fine."

The £600 fine was reduced from £750, and the seven penalty points were reduced from nine, as he admitted his guilt.

Procurator Fiscal Depute David McDonald had earlier told the court Burns had dropped Mrs Reid off in Ritchie Park, Johnstone, Renfrewshire, and that she stopped behind his car "trying to catch her breath."

The prosecutor added: "A witness saw the vehicle reverse slowly as though unaware Mrs Reid was standing behind the vehicle.

"This manoeuvre knocked Mrs Reid to the ground. Mrs Reid shouted out at this time.

"The incident also attracted the attention of members of the public on the street.

"All parties then saw the driver, apparently still unaware of Mrs Reid's presence, reverse his vehicle allowing the rear offside wheel to rise up onto Mrs Reid’s leg.

"Mr Burns then allowed his vehicle to roll forwards off of Mrs Reid.

"The members of the public on the street alerted Mr Burns to the incident and he alighted from his vehicle.

"Mr Burns appeared shocked when he realised what had happened.

"Mr Burns mentioned to the members of the public that he had been distracted by a radio message and that he thought the resistance he felt whilst undertaking his reversing manoeuvre had been caused by a pothole in the road."

After the police arrived, Burns took responsibility and mentioned the potholes, with officers spotting two potholes behind one of the back wheels of the taxi.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:26 pm 
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He also had seven penalty points placed on his licence, meaning his licence will not be banned from driving and can continue to work as a cabbie.

Apart from the clunky English, the author obviously hasn't considered the driver's badge. (Of course, it's possible that council licensing has left it to the courts to decide whether or not he keeps his badge, but that's certainly not mentioned in the article.)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2021 5:35 pm 
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He also had seven penalty points placed on his licence, meaning his licence will not be banned from driving and can continue to work as a cabbie.

Apart from the clunky English, the author obviously hasn't considered the driver's badge. (Of course, it's possible that council licensing has left it to the courts to decide whether or not he keeps his badge, but that's certainly not mentioned in the article.)

Suspect the council will wait until his license comes up for renewal, and no doubt the police will object.

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:49 am 
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Sussex wrote:
StuartW wrote:
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He also had seven penalty points placed on his licence, meaning his licence will not be banned from driving and can continue to work as a cabbie.

Apart from the clunky English, the author obviously hasn't considered the driver's badge. (Of course, it's possible that council licensing has left it to the courts to decide whether or not he keeps his badge, but that's certainly not mentioned in the article.)

Suspect the council will wait until his license comes up for renewal, and no doubt the police will object.



if this was our council he would have already had a grilling from Licensing officers so it depends what they recommend surely ?

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