Student going ‘too fast’ just before crash

A CITY student was seen driving his 21-year-old sports car “too fast” just seconds before he lost control and caused the crash which killed his girlfriend, a court heard yesterday.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 16th March 2012, 11:31 am

Retired architect Michael Stratton said he watched Euan Tennant’s car in the rear view mirror as it slid sideways into an oncoming car.

The jury at Perth Sheriff Court was told that student Laura Campbell, 22, from Blairgowrie, died as a result of the impact on the A93 north of Scone, Perthshire, on September 22, 2010.

Mr Stratton – who worked as a racetrack marshal – told the court he was not surprised Tennant had lost control of his Toyota MR2 because of the speed at which he was driving.

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He said: “From the way it came round the corner it was going too fast in my opinion.

“As I went round the corner I looked in the mirror and saw the car broadside. He was more or less in the middle of the road going sideways.”

Tennant, 22, of York Place, Edinburgh, denies causing the death of Laura Campbell by driving carelessly and at excessive speed.

The trial continues.