Bo’ness Borders death crash driver jailed

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A Bo’ness man who killed a loving couple after a head-on collision in the Borders has been jailed at the High Court in Glasgow for 44 months.

James Mitchell, (48), an IT consultant had been driving home on December 23, 2012 when he overtook a lorry and smashed his Hyundai i30 car into a Kia Ceed on the A697 near Carfraemill in the Borders.

The occupants of the Kia, Derek and Avril Peoples of Kelso who had been married for 31 years were returning from a weekend visiting friends when the collision happened. They, died within  an hour of each other as a result of injuries they sustained in the collision.

Sentencing Mitchell judge John Beckett QC told him: “I accept you have shown and felt real remorse. It is clear that you are highly regarded by your family and those you worked for. You have raised money for charity and your driving is described as normally careful and responsible.”

But judge Beckett added: “When you began to overtake the lorry you could not have had a clear view. You made an extremely rash and dangerous overtaking maneouvre. Mr Peoples who was driving in the opposite direction found himself with no where to go. He and his wife had no warning there was about to be a head-on crash.