Speeding driver admits causing the death of his cousin's daughter while her father was in his car


A man has admitted causing the death of his cousin’s daughter by dangerous driving after hitting the schoolgirl while her father was a passenger in his car.

Martin McGuire, 39, was driving at 51mph in a 30mph zone when he hit 12-year-old Abbie McLaren as she crossed the road after getting off a bus in Motherwell.

She was thrown on to a parked car, suffered multiple injuries and was pronounced dead in hospital that evening.

McGuire, a father-of-seven who has never held a driving licence, admitted causing Abbie’s death when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow on Friday. He was told he would be jailed when he is sentenced next month.

Alex Prentice QC, prosecuting, said the roofer was driving his daughter’s Citroen D3 to his home, after picking up Abbie’s father, Adam McLaren, at around 4pm on February 12 this year.

The schoolgirl and a friend had just left a bus at The Loaning in Motherwell and were on their way to a shop.


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