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Drivers admit fatal crash charges
Stuart Logue, Graham Lynn and Shaun Marshall
Logue (left), Lynn and Marshall (right) appeared at the high court
Three young drivers have appeared at the High Court in Glasgow in connection with a seven-vehicle crash near Dumfries in which three people died.

Stuart Logue, 19, and Graham Lynn, 21, pleaded guilty to causing the deaths by dangerous driving in November 2006.

Shaun Marshall, 18, admitted a reduced charge of dangerous driving.

Bethany Secker, 21, from Bristol, and teenagers Mark Johnston and Luke Shearman, from Dumfries, all died in the A75 crash. Sentence was deferred.

The incident took place on 5 November 2006 at a stretch of road known as The Glen.

When are young men going to realise that motor vehicles are not toys, but potentially lethal weapons?
Rita Rae QC

The two victims from Dumfries were in the car driven by Logue, who lost control of the vehicle.

The court heard his car - which was travelling at 89mph - went head-on into an oncoming car driven by Ms Secker, killing her and seriously injuring her passenger.

Lynn's car then struck Logue's while Marshall lost control and smashed his car into a crash barrier.

Temporary judge Rita Rae QC said the crash had not been an accident but was the result of a deliberate decision by the three accused - who are all from Dumfries - to race each other.

"When are young men going to realise that motor vehicles are not toys, but potentially lethal weapons?" she said.

Luke Shearman, left, Bethany Jane Secker and Mark Johnston
Luke Shearman, Bethany Secker and Mark Johnston died in the crash

"This is the tragic consequence of those who treat driving as a game."

She banned all three from driving and sentences were deferred until 18 March.

Logue and Lynn were detained in custody.

Counsel for the three drivers will give their pleas in mitigation next month.

A spokesman for Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary said the case had been one of the worst they had ever had to deal with.

He said that after the collision vehicle debris was strewn across all three lanes of the carriageway.

'Irresponsible driving'

"The engines were ripped from both Stuart Logue's car and Bethany Secker's car as a result of the Renault Megane motor car driven by Logue colliding head on with the Fiat Punto driven by Bethany Secker," he said.

"The impact was so great that the engine from Logue's car flew over the top of a roadside barrier and landed in the wooded area on the north side of the road, a distance of over 25 metres from the collision."

He said all three motorists were guilty of "the kind of irresponsible driving that puts innocent people's safety at risk".

"Driving of this appalling standard will not be tolerated in Dumfries and Galloway," he added.



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