Driving ban for Bute teen after horror smash

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A teenage Rothesay driver left one of his passengers fighting for his life after a serious road accident just three days after his 17th birthday.

Jack Jordan, who is still 17, was banned from driving at the town’s sheriff court on Monday after admitting driving without due care and attention, failing to reduce his speed to safely negotiate a bend in the road, causing the vehicle he was driving to strike a verge and turn over on to its roof, and causing injury to both himself and one of his passengers.

Jordan, whose address was given as 25 Barone Road, was at the wheel of a Citroen Xsara when the accident happened on the B881 near Lochend farm at 10pm on September 12 last year.

Fiscal depute Lindy Scaife told the court one of Jordan’s passengers had suffered a right haemothorax and lacerations to his head in the accident, and had had to be airlifted to hospital.

Sheriff Ruth Anderson handed Jordan – a provisional licence holder at the time, though the court heard he had since passed his driving test – a fine of £300 and nine penalty points.

Under legislation aimed at young drivers, Jordan will not be allowed to drive again until he has re-sat, and passed, his test.

More on this story in the new issue of The Buteman – on sale from Thursday, March 28.