A retired doctor knocked a motorcyclist off his bike on a Perthshire road– then gave him CPR which may have saved his life.
Robert Allen pulled out in front of George Stark’s BMW motorbike as he was on a ride with a group of friends.
Mr Stark was thrown through the air by the impact and landed on the road on the other side of Allen’s Volkswagen Golf, suffering “serious” injuries.
Yesterday at Perth Sheriff Court Allen was found guilty of careless driving on the A93 near Scone last summer but was allowed to keep his licence.
The 76-year-old had denied the charge, claiming the road was clear when he pulled out of a side road.
However the incident was caught on a fellow biker’s Go-Pro camera and the court was told Allen was only halfway through the manoeuvre at the point of impact.
The court also heard Mr Stark, who was out with a group of friends from the Edinburgh area, was wearing high-visibility clothing and a white helmet and his bike had a bright LED headlamp.
Solicitor Ann Boyd told how Allen went to his victim’s aid.
“Following the incident Dr Allen gave CPR for a significant amount of time, without which Mr Stark may have lost his life,” she said.
She added: “He holds a clean licence and has done for a number of years.
“If you consider driving as a spectrum with careless driving at one end up to dangerous driving this is at the lower end of careless.”
Sentencing Allen, Sheriff James MacDonald said he was unable to take account of the consequences of the crash and could only deal with the driving that led to it.
He said: “I’m dealing with an error of judgement. When you looked out on the road you didn’t see one vehicle.
“But for that a collision wouldn’t have taken place.”
He fined Allen £400 and imposed four penalty points on his licence.
Allen, of Hartford in Cambridgeshire, was convicted of careless driving by failing to keep a proper look out and pulling into the path of Mr Stark’s motorbike on the A93 at the Balboughty Farm Cottages on August 25 last year.
The crash scene is around half a mile north of Old Scone.