Man Jailed for Killing Pensioner While on Phone and Driving Faulty Car

A man has been jailed for three years banned from driving for six and a half years after knocking down and killing a frail pensioner while driving a faulty car with no headlights and speaking on the phone.

William Gall crashed into Thomas Beall with his defective Ford Focus shortly after the 81-year-old had left Asda in Kirkcaldy on November 12 2018. Mr Beall was rushed to hospital where he sadly died of his injuries after sustaining brain damage and fractures to each of his legs and his pelvis.

Mr Gall was sentenced at the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday after earlier pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Lord Matthews told the defendant: “You were well aware that the headlights were out.

“Your vehicle had bulbs not suitable for the car, which you had secured with cardboard.

“Your dashboard was not working, so you could not see how fast you were going.”

In spite of this, Mr Gall continued driving and hit Mr Beall as he crossed the road in the town’s Dunnikier Way.

Sergeant Ewan Pearce, of Fife’s Road Policing Unit, said: “Our condolences are with Mr Beall’s family at this very sad time, who have described him as a much loved brother and uncle.”