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BIKE CRASH MUM WEEPS FOR HER SON.

A MOTHER struck dumb after her son's death broke down yesterday as she told how she found his lifeless body after a freak motorbike accident.

Marion Chalmers, 40, wept as she recalled seeing Andrew, six, slumped face down across a drain cover.

The mother-of-two was struck dumb by the horror for more than a year.

Mrs Chalmers and her husband Andrew, 46, are suing West of Scotland Water at Airdrie Sheriff Court.

Andrew died when he was thrown from his 49cc mini-motorbike after hitting a drain cover in 1992.

Marion, who fought for seven years to get to court, said Andrew and his friend, Liam Grimson, had taken the bike without permission.

She said: "I ran up in my bare feet and saw a neighbour carrying Liam, who had blood coming from his mouth. Andrew was lying face down on the drain with his helmet on. He wasn't able to speak."

She said Andrew was a "competent wee driver".

Marion claimed the metal drain cover replaced a cracked concrete one.

She denied the metal cover had always been there and that she noticed it before.

Andrew said his son was not allowed passengers because it was unsafe.

Chartered civil engineer Stewart Pato described the drain as a hazard.

He said: "I would not expect a local authority to construct a manhole with the cover so high."

The case continues.
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Author:Page, Cara
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 8, 1999
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