Dunbar teenager pleads guilty to causing the death of three of his friends

The accident scene

The accident scene

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A teenager involved in a fatal road accident in East Lothian last November has pleaded guilty to causing the death of three of his friends.

At around 8.20pm on Monday, November 25, a green Peugeot 206 collided with a wall after leaving the road while being driven on Limetrees Walk, an unclassified road near Tyninghame, six miles west of Dunbar, East Lothian.

Robbie Gemmell, who was 16 at the time, was the driver of the car and survived the collision. But the three other teenagers in the vehicle - Jenna Barbour, 18, Josh Stewart, 16, and David Armstrong, 15 - were all killed.

Yesterday, at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Mr Gemmell pleaded guilty to causing death while driving without due care and attention and will be sentenced on 19th September.

Inspector Richard Latto, who works at the local Divisional Road Policing Unit and was the Senior Investigating Officer in the case, said: “This single-vehicle road collision resulted in the deaths of three young people. All were from the Dunbar community and our thoughts are with the families affected by this tragic incident.

“An extensive police enquiry was carried out to determine the cause of this collision, and a detailed police report submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

Inspector Latto added: “This tragic incident reinforces the extensive risks of an inexperienced person not legally old enough to possess a driving licence, getting behind the wheel of a motor vehicle.”

For full story see this week’s East Lothian News - out on Thursday

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