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Ex-Brookside actor was peeling fruit behind wheel of bus when he ran over cyclist

Ashley McKechnie will be thrown out of the Navy following his conviction

A former actor has been jailed for 12 months after Liverpool Crown Court heard that he was peeling an orange and listening to music on headphones when he ran over a 65-year-old cyclist while driving a bus. Ashley McKechnie, who played Kevin Taylor in Brookside in 2000, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The Liverpool Echo reports that McKechnie hit John Foster on Wood Lane in Netherley at around 8.30am on December 20 2014, the collision resulting in multiple fractures to Foster’s skull, face and spine, as well as a brain haemorrhage and temporary paralysis.

Foster was cycling to work at Speke Retail Park when he was hit. Simon Duncan, prosecuting, said he was heading in the same direction as the bus, the front near side of which struck him. McKechnie told police that he had seen the cyclist and believed he had left enough room.

Foster still requires a walking stick and a wheelchair for long journeys. He has also suffered short term memory loss and anxiety and struggles to complete everyday tasks.

Judge Alan Conrad, QC, said:

“It was your responsibility to drive safely, to ensure the safety of your passengers and other road users. Mr Foster was an active man of 65. You caused him devastating and life-changing injuries.

“The accident was due to driving which created a significant risk of danger because of two avoidable distractions created by you.

“Firstly, listening to music through headphones, which may have meant you weren’t aware of proximity sensors on your vehicle, and secondly, eating a piece of fruit.

“Those distractions caused you to collide with Mr Foster and run him over. The injuries are nothing short of catastrophic.”

McKechnie, 31, had a previous conviction for driving without due care and attention and also breached his bail by refusing to co-operate so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared.

He has since become a Royal Navy chef and Ian Harris, defending, said he had “worked phenomenally” to reach his position and wanted “to devote his life to our security and safety.”

Harris said his client pleaded guilty as soon as he saw CCTV footage of the incident and urged the judge to impose a suspended sentence so he would not be thrown out of the navy. “When I showed him the DVD in conference he broke down in tears.”

Judge Conrad accepted that McKechnie’s remorse was genuine, but jailed him for the “horrific” accident and banned him from the road for 19 months.

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DaveE128 | 7 years ago
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So which bus company employed a driver
with a previous conviction for DWDCA?  2

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BikeBud | 7 years ago
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Utter, utter, utter, utter C***T!  

There's someone who doesn't have any self discipline or professionalism.  He doesn't take responsibility for his actions.  He doesn't learn.  The Navy just had a close miss.  

 

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Butty | 7 years ago
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He has since become a Royal Navy chef and Ian Harris, defending, said he had “worked phenomenally” to reach his position and wanted “to devote his life to our security and safety.” 

He's watched Under Seige too many times.

I bet he thought that working in the Navy would get him a lesser sentence.

What a gutless coward.

 

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Metaphor | 7 years ago
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Bus driver, chef, actor, sailor?

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Gourmet Shot replied to Metaphor | 7 years ago
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Ramuz wrote:

Bus driver, chef, actor, sailor?

 

Twat?

 

 

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Das | 7 years ago
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"McKechnie told police that he had seen the cyclist and believed he had left enough room." 

Another "Proffesional" driver who obviously has not a clue about the highway code. Its the reason they put  pictures in the highway Code, so that those who cant read can still look at the pretty pictures and figure it out.  

 

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Crashboy | 7 years ago
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So...19 month ban,12 months of which are at her Majesty's pleasure so presumably don't involve a lot of driving..?    

On those facts here alone it sounds remarkably lenient.  Obviously without full facts etc difficult to comment. 

Regardless of the standard of driving, I think a large contributory factor to incidents like these (before you flame me, not necessarily saying this case) is that many modern vehicles are simply too large for the existing roads: most roads were built when a "mini" was actually a small car, and inner cities weren't full of wannabe landrover-a-likes(that would be hopless off road anyway, and have less room than an old fiesta for your shopping), but small hatchbacks that are actually suited to city driving.   Compare a modern bus design with an old one (for the sake of argument, say something from the 80's or 70's) and they seem much bigger with a much larger road footprint (if you get what I mean) but without much more capacity.  Less room to maneuvre round bends etc. Particularly if you are eating fruit at the time.

 

Or am I just hitting middle age?

 

 

 

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mike the bike replied to Crashboy | 7 years ago
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Crashboy wrote:

So...19 month ban,12 months of which are at her Majesty's pleasure so presumably don't involve a lot of driving..?  ......   

 

Not so.  His ban will start upon his release from prison.  This will probably be in about nine months, but that's a whole different story.

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Housecathst | 7 years ago
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"and wanted “to devote his life to our security and safety.”

lol what a fucking joke, where was his devotion when the crashed 2tons of metal into the back of a fellow human being. 

I hope this failed actor has a really "hard time" inside

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Steezysix | 7 years ago
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Sounds like a boat is the safest place for him to be, not many cyclists on the high seas...

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Peowpeowpeowlasers | 7 years ago
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A 19-month ban.  Pathetic.  He should be banned for life.

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hawkinspeter | 7 years ago
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Hmmm - "to devote his life to our security and safety" by becoming a chef? (Not trying to disparage Royal Navy chefs' work, but it sounds like they're exaggerating the security aspect of beans on toast).

He's previously been convicted for careless driving (and we know how often people can get away with that), so I reckon he's already demonstrated that he can't be trusted with another chance. They should revoke his driving privileges permanently in order to protect the general public. At least he shouldn't need to drive in his new job.

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KarlM77 replied to hawkinspeter | 7 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

Hmmm - "to devote his life to our security and safety" by becoming a chef? (Not trying to disparage Royal Navy chefs' work, but it sounds like they're exaggerating the security aspect of beans on toast).

You've obviously never seen 'Under Siege' .

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vonhelmet | 7 years ago
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I bet the bus had a "Cyclists: Do not pass on the inside of this vehicle" sticker on the back and everything.

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hawkinspeter replied to vonhelmet | 7 years ago
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vonhelmet wrote:

I bet the bus had a "Cyclists: Do not pass on the inside of this vehicle" sticker on the back and everything.

Those stickers do wind me up. It's like an admission that the vehicle is unsafe to be on public roads.

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pakennedy replied to hawkinspeter | 7 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:

I bet the bus had a "Cyclists: Do not pass on the inside of this vehicle" sticker on the back and everything.

Those stickers do wind me up. It's like an admission that the vehicle is unsafe to be on public roads.

 

You want to see the Sainsbury van I was driving behind last week. It had an 8 foot high version plastered across the rear.

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bikebot replied to pakennedy | 7 years ago
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pakennedy wrote:

You want to see the Sainsbury van I was driving behind last week. It had an 8 foot high version plastered across the rear.

I believe Sainsbury's (as a company) have a fairly good reputation, and were trying to do the right thing with their new vehicles. If it's the vehicle I think it is, they're supposed to have 360 vision cameras as well, so no blind spot.

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brooksby replied to hawkinspeter | 7 years ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:

I bet the bus had a "Cyclists: Do not pass on the inside of this vehicle" sticker on the back and everything.

Those stickers do wind me up. It's like an admission that the vehicle is unsafe to be on public roads.

And the way that vehicles bearing those stickers will still happily close-overtake you or (try to) pull up next to you at the traffic lights.

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Paul_C replied to brooksby | 7 years ago
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brooksby wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:

I bet the bus had a "Cyclists: Do not pass on the inside of this vehicle" sticker on the back and everything.

Those stickers do wind me up. It's like an admission that the vehicle is unsafe to be on public roads.

And the way that vehicles bearing those stickers will still happily close-overtake you or (try to) pull up next to you at the traffic lights.

there's a firm near where I work that has those stickers on their little vans...

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OldRidgeback replied to Paul_C | 7 years ago
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Paul_C wrote:
brooksby wrote:
hawkinspeter wrote:
vonhelmet wrote:

I bet the bus had a "Cyclists: Do not pass on the inside of this vehicle" sticker on the back and everything.

Those stickers do wind me up. It's like an admission that the vehicle is unsafe to be on public roads.

And the way that vehicles bearing those stickers will still happily close-overtake you or (try to) pull up next to you at the traffic lights.

there's a firm near where I work that has those stickers on their little vans...

 

I've been tempted to take a marker pen to them sometimes and write 'warning - crap driver onboard who deosn't know what mirrors are for'

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notfastenough | 7 years ago
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This is the scenario which bothers me most. Doesn't matter how defensively I ride if I get rear-ended by a fuckwit.

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HalfWheeler | 7 years ago
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No remorse until confronted with the evidence. #crocodiletears

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brooksby | 7 years ago
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'Pleaded guilty' once he was shown cctv footage demonstrating that he couldn't plead not-guilty.

'Genuinely remorseful' because of the perceived consequences to his own life, not because of the consequences to the bloke he ran over.

/cynicism=off/

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