Why won't OAP say sorry for taking my lovely Eilish?
THE mother of a 17-year-old girl killed by a pensioner driver on a garage forecourt asked yesterday why he has never apologised for putting her family through nearly two years of hell.
Alexander Wotherspoon, 83, lost control of his adapted Ford Focus and reversed at speed into Eilish Herron as she filled her Renault Clio almost two years ago.
He denied all wrongdoing and forced a six-day trial, where he claimed modifications on his car were to blame for the tragedy at Asda in Linwood, Renfrewshire.
At Paisley Sheriff Court yesterday, jurors took little more than an hour to find Wotherspoon guilty of causing Eilish's death by driving without due care and attention.
But Eilish's family were stunned when he failed again to show any remorse.
Mum Shanneal, 48, said: "All we wanted was for him to say 'I'm sorry.' "The accident happened in September and we thought we might get a card at Christmas saying sorry but it just never came.
"Then, when the result came, we thought his lawyer would say he was remorseful for what he had done. But again there was nothing. He just sat with his head down.
"He didn't show any emotion at all.
The whole way through the trial he just sat facing forward."
Eilish loved netball and hoped to become a nurse.
Shanneal said: "She was a little pocket rocket - that's what they would call her on the netball court.
She was a little ball of energy.
"She was just a lovely, lovely girl. That's all I can say about her. She would talk to anyone and relate to anyone."
Shanneal said Wotherspoon should never have put her family through the ordeal of a trial.
She added: "They kept talking about him as a 'vulnerable driver'. But he was a driver, with the same responsibilities as everyone else." Wotherspoon will be sentenced next month after reports.
OUR POCKET ROCKET Victim Eilish, 17