§ 43. Mr. Thomas Fraser
asked the Lord Advocate if he has considered the report from the hon. Member for Hamilton of a road accident in which a cyclist was killed as a result of a collision with a motor-car driven by a police constable; and why more serious charges were not made against the constable than those of failing to stop after an accident, and of using motor spirit for a purpose other than that to which the coupons related.
§ The Lord Advocate (Mr. J. S. C. Reid)
I have inquired into this case. There was not sufficient evidence to justify a charge involving criminal responsibility for the accident. There was only one eye witness. There were marks on the car which indicated that the driver must have known that his car had been involved in a collision and he was, therefore, charged with failure to stop. But there was no corroboration of the witness's evidence that the driver was to blame for the accident.