Lorry driver, 46, caused death of Dundee pensioner on the A90

A lorry driver has admitted causing the death of a Dundee pensioner in a “tragic” road smash. Glenn Craib, 46, pleaded guilty today at the High Court in Aberdeen to causing the death of Witold Solski, 65, through careless driving on the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee on November 25 2015. Craib initially stood trial for causing Mr Solski’s death by dangerous driving but jurors were sent home after defence lawyers and the Crown agreed an amended charge.

He admitted driving an HGV carelessly from Nether Careston Road onto the dual carriageway before stopping on a central reservation. This caused part of the trailer unit which was attached to the lorry to encroach onto the outside lane of the northbound carriageway. As Craib waited for traffic to clear, the trailer was struck by a white Skoda Octavia driven by Mr Solski, formerly of Balmoral Gardens.

(photo: Paul Reid)

Mr Solski was cut free from the wreckage of his Skoda by firefighters but was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was driving between Forfar and Brechin when the collision took place on the northbound carriageway near the Careston/Balnabreich junction. A 30-year-old female passenger in Mr Solski’s car was taken to Ninewells Hospital for treatment but was not seriously injured. At the time of the crash Mr Solski’s friend Thomasz Zalewski, 37, who owns a Polish food store, said: “I was shocked to hear the news about Witold.

“He was a great guy, really friendly to everyone he met. He never drank or anything like that. He just liked to spend time with his family — he was just a nice person.

He will be missed — he was just a great guy in every way.” Craib, of Elgin, will return to the dock tomorrow for sentencing. Addressing the jury, presiding Judge Morris said: “I think you have to look at carelessness in this case.

“It can be a momentary lapse of concentration and in this case it’s clearly a tragic accident.

“It’s come to an abrupt conclusion but you may feel it’s come to a fair conclusion.”

Craib will be sentenced at the High Court in Aberdeen tomorrow.

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