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Family loses bid for mandatory FAIs

2 March 2006

The family of a woman killed in a car accident over two years ago have failed to win Scottish Parliament support for mandatory fatal accident inquiries for all car crash deaths caused by careless driving.

However, an FAI will be carried out in June into the death of 24-year-old Gillian Curran who was killed when her stationary car was hit from behind by another car. The plea for an FAI to be held had previously been ruled out by the Lord Advocate Colin Boyd, but Mr Boyd has now changed his mind.

Gillian's parents Pat and Sandra Curran from Coatbridge yesterday presented a petition to Holyrood's Justice 1 Committee calling for mandatory FAIs in careless driving cases.

Committee convener Pauline McNeill said that some families might not wish to undergo an inquiry. However, while the committee did not support the terms of the petition, it was concerned about the way families were given information about the circumstances of car crash deaths and would be writing to the Lord Advocate to express these concerns.

Mrs Curran said she was disappointed at the committee's decision. The family had been pushing for a mandatory rule because they did not understand they way things happened or what route they should follow.