Death crash driver jailed

A DRIVER who crashed head-on into a car at 93mph, killing a Scotforth couple, has been jailed for six years.

Kevin McCrindle, 37, of Grieve Walk, Dumfries, was convicted last month of causing the deaths of Steven and Joan Machell.

He was also banned from driving for seven years.

Retired teacher Steven and his wife, university researcher Joan, both 63, were travelling to a Robert Burns convention in Scotland in March last year when the crash happened on the A75 near Dumfries.

McCrindle had driven on to the wrong of the side of the road in an attempt to overtake other motorists.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Wednesday, Judge Lord Stewart told him: “You attempted an overtaking manoeuvre of two vehicles when your view was obscured by spray.”

See the Lancaster Guardian (26-05-11) for full story.