Mintlaw driver admits causing friend’s death in fatal crash

William pictured in happier times with his brother Lewis.
William pictured in happier times with his brother Lewis.

A man from Mintlaw has admitted causing the death of his teenage friend by driving dangerously a court heard yesterday.

Adam Youngson admitted causing the death of William Sangster, 19, from Auchnagatt on the A950 New Pitsligo to Mintlaw road in November 2014.

Mr Sangster was a back seat passenger in Mr Youngson’s car when he accelerated away from a second car, loosing control and causing it to leave the road.

The second car belonged to Scott Neil, of Stuartfield, who admitted driving another car at excessive and inappropriate speeds.

The court heard that moments before Youngson’s car hit a tree, the car being driven by Neil came close to the back of Youngson’s red Ford Fiesta.

Youngson reacted by accelerating away from Neil’s car.

After the crash firefighters had to cut Mr Sangster free but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

Judge Lady Wolffe deferred sentenced until June 1.