Teenage Driver Admits Causing Nurse's Death

11 July 2016, 16:33 | Updated: 11 July 2016, 19:25

A teenager has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after a nurse was knocked down by a car that was being pursued by police.

Dylan Jenkin, 18, appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday and admitted causing the death of theatre nurse Jill Pirrie after he lost control of his car.

Ms Pirrie, 33, was making her way home from work when she was hit by the vehicle on Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh, on the evening of May 12.

Jenkin was driving a Ford Ka which was being followed by police after he failed to stop when officers signalled him to do so.

Police Scotland Chief Superintendent Kenny Macdonald said: "Dylan Jenkin was convicted following a robust investigation by the inquiry team and demonstrates our determination to bring those responsible for offences to justice.

"The tragic consequences of Dylan Jenkin's reckless behaviour cannot be reversed but I sincerely hope this conviction will give Jill Pirrie's family some sense of justice having been carried out.

"We have reported the circumstances that preceded this collision to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and in turn they have instructed the Police Investigations & Review Commissioner (Pirc) to carry out an independent investigation, as is standard practice in incidents such as these.

"Pirc are instructed to investigate deaths following police contact or involvement, and we are co-operating fully with their inquiry.''