Driver’s friend died in 85mph crash

LESLEY DONALD PHOTOGRAPHY. DANIEL BRACKENBURY AT EDIN HIGH COURT TODAY WHERE HE PLED GUILTY TO  CAUSING THE DEATH OF A FRIEND BY DANGEROUS DRIVING SEE STY
LESLEY DONALD PHOTOGRAPHY. DANIEL BRACKENBURY AT EDIN HIGH COURT TODAY WHERE HE PLED GUILTY TO CAUSING THE DEATH OF A FRIEND BY DANGEROUS DRIVING SEE STY
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A young St Monans driver killed a friend in an horrific crash after breaking the speed limit on a dark, country road in wintry weather.

Daniel Brackenbury lost control of his car and hit a bridge resulting in the death of his front seat passenger, Darren Robertson.

A motorist, who was driving behind Brackenbury, estimated that he must have been travelling at more than 85 mph before leaving the road on December 11, 2010.

Police accident investigators believed that his Honda Civic was likely to have been launched through the air.

The vehicle landed in a field more than 21 metres from the point of impact following the collision on the B9171 road between Dunino and Ansthruther.

Brackenbury, who was 20 at the time of the fatal crash, later told police that he drove the road on a daily basis and described his way of driving as “cautious”.

The first offender, of Elm Grove, who is now 21, pled guilty to causing the death of Mr Robertson (19) by driving dangerously when he appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh.

He admitted driving at excessive speed for the road and weather conditions and over the speed limit and causing his vehicle to drive on the opposite carriageway, losing control while negotiating a corner and causing his vehicle to strike a bridge and leave the road.

Advocate depute Richard Goddard said: “The loss of their only son at the age of 19 has left the parents of Darren Robertson bereft.

“It is clear that Darren was a well known and well liked young man in the local community, which has in various ways paid tribute to his memory.”

Firefighters assisted in getting Brackenbury, who was trapped in the driver’s seat, and Mr Robertson out of the vehicle.

Brackenbury was flown by Royal Navy helicopter to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee with serious leg injuries.

Mr Robertson was pronounced dead. He suffered multiple injuries including a severe head trauma.

The judge, Lord Bannatyne, deferred sentence on Brackenbury for background reports.