Bus driver in court for Forfar man’s death

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A bus driver has appeared in court charged over the death of a retired army Regimental Sergeant Major knocked down by a double-decker.

Michael McKeown, known to friends as Mick, died following a collision with a Stagecoach Strathtay bus in Forfar on January 8.

The 78-year-old was a popular figure in the Angus town and a former chairman of the town’s Royal British Legion Scotland branch.

He was walking in Don Street at its junction with North Street at around 11.10am when he was struck by the bus.

Mr McKeown was rushed to Ninewells Hospital but later died of his injuries.

Now bus driver Scott Lamb, 49, of Forfar, has appeared in private at Forfar Sheriff Court in connection with Mr McKeown’s death.

He appeared on petition facing a charge alleging that he caused the death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

Lamb, who no longer works for Stagecoach Strathtay, made no plea or declaration, was released on bail, and his case was continued for further examination.

A date for his next appearance has yet to be confirmed.

A spokesman for Stagecoach Group said: “I can confirm that the driver no longer works for us.”

Mr McKeown represented Angus and Perthshire on Legion Scotland’s national board of trustees and his funeral service at Lowson Memorial Church was attended by people from all across Scotland.

He joined the British Army at the age of 15 and served for 40 years, obtaining the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major warrant officer class one in the Royal Artillery.

The latter part of his service was spent as a careers adviser at the recruitment office on Barrack Street in Dundee.

Mr McKeown began his involvement with the British Legion in Forfar while he was still serving in the army, taking on the role of chairman.

He was also heavily involved in the inception of the Festival of Remembrance in Dundee.

A keen runner and cyclist, he undertook several challenges to raise money for Legion funds, including a 400-mile cycle from Edinburgh to Wootton Bassett in Wiltshire, a three week cycle around the Scottish coast and the London Marathon.