On Friday, November 18, 2022, a Mercedes C220 and a Ford Mondeo collided, killing 80-year-old John Laird of Glasgow.
John Laird Cause of Death
John Laird was the driver of the Mercedes C220 which collided with a Ford Mondeo shortly before midnight on Friday, November 18, near the Kings Park Hotel, Rutherglen. The 73-year-old passenger, Michael McManamon, sadly passed away at the scene. John was rushed to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital but could not be saved. John Laird, 80, died in Queen Elizabeth University Hospital .
Police Appealing for Witness
The incident happened around 11.50 pm on Mill Street at the junction with Kings Park Avenue. Police have detained a 34-year-old male in connection with the incident and are searching for witnesses. He was unharmed in the collision.
“Our investigations are ongoing as we try to piece together the complete picture, so I would urge anyone who might be able to help and hasn’t already talked to us to get in touch. Anyone with information is urged to call the police at (911) 999-TIPS and reference incident 4274 from November 18, 2022.
The road remains closed while emergency services carried out investigations at the scene.
Mercedes C220 Crash and Safety Test
The passenger compartment of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class remained stable in the frontal offset test. Mercedes-Benz showed that a similar level of protection would be provided to occupants of different sizes and to those sitting in different positions. Analysis of the deceleration of the impact trolley during the test, and analysis of the deformable barrier after the test, revealed that the C-Class would be a moderately benign impact partner in a frontal collision.
The C-Class has an advanced e Call system which alerts the emergency services in the event of a crash. The car also has a system which applies the brakes after an impact, to avoid secondary collisions.
The protection provided to the head of a struck pedestrian was good at almost all test locations. The bumper provided good protection to pedestrians’ legs at all test points but the protection provided to the pelvis by the front edge of the bonnet was mixed. The C-Class has an autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system which can respond to vulnerable road users as well as to other vehicles. The system performed adequately in tests of its response to pedestrians. The system’s response to cyclists was good, with collisions avoided in most test scenarios.
The C-Class has a seatbelt reminder system on the front and rears seating positions. The AEB system performed well in tests of its response to other vehicles, with collisions avoided in the great majority of test scenarios. A camera-based speed assistance system identifies the local speed limit and provides the information to the driver, allowing the limiter to be set appropriately. A lane support system gently corrects the vehicle’s path if it is drifting out of the lane and intervenes more aggressively in some more critical situations.
Mr. Laird’s family said: “We are heartbroken and shocked at the loss of our much-loved John, a husband, father, and grandad. He will be sorely missed. “We are comforted by the kind messages from friends and family who knew him well and appreciated all he did for them.”
Sergeant Gemma Blackadder, Lanarkshire Road Policing Unit said: “Our thoughts remain with both deceased’s family and friends.
A statement from Mr. McManamon’s family said: “We are devastated at the loss of our much-loved dad, papa, and friend. He will be sorely missed but we are comforted by the messages from the community, who valued his help and friendship over the many years.”
The family of 80 year old John Laird say they're heartbroken and shocked at his death following a two car crash in Rutherglen on Friday night. His passenger Michael McManamon also died. A 34 year old man has been arrested in connection #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/na6rLgjdwS
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