Case Study

College lecturer admits killing 30-year-old man in hit and run

Incident date: 
Sat, 16 Jun 2012

Archie Dickson, 54, drove into Mark Sanders in Clydebank on 16 June 2012 before fleeing in his Mercedes. The restaurant manager died at the scene.

The High Court in Glasgow heard Dickson was driving on the wrong side of the road due to “fatigue and alcohol”.

He contacted police after hearing of Mr Sanders’ death. He was remanded in custody after sentence was deferred.

The former Stow College lecturer admitted to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and failing to stop at the scene.

The court heard how Mr Sanders had been returning home from a night out with friend Gordon Wilson in the early hours of morning when he was killed.

Mr Sanders was walking on the road due to how narrow the pavement was.

The pair were chatting about a forthcoming holiday when Mr Wilson suddenly saw his friend fly into the air and land on the pavement in Milton Douglas Road, Clydebank.

Prosecutor Iain McSporran said there was no warning that a vehicle was coming and Dickson had driven on the wrong side of the road.

The court heard that after the collision, Dickson stopped his Mercedes nearby and a stunned Mr Wilson yelled at him to call an ambulance.

The lecturer drove off and later claimed he did not hear the shout.

Dickson, from the city’s Knightswood area, was later detained and told police he had not been able to sleep prior to the accident and had gone out driving to “wind down and get tired”.

He claimed to remember a “thump in the car” and that his wing mirror was pushed in.

Mr McSporran told the court: “He went on to say that he believed he had fallen asleep and that the thump of the collision had jarred him awake.”

The court was told Dickson had spent the day of the accident in London on business before flying back to Glasgow that night.

Police discovered CCTV footage of him visiting the Oran Mor venue in Glasgow’s west-end on his return and downing three pints of what appeared to be lager.

He was seen leaving 45 minutes before the collision.

Judge Lady Scott deferred sentencing for reports and remanded him in custody.

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