Angus MacNeil, a member of the Scottish National Party, will stand trial on an allegation of dangerous driving.
After being accused of gravely injuring a teenage motorcyclist in a road accident in his rural island Scottish district, an SNP MP will go on trial later this year.
Police accused Western Isles MP Angus MacNeil with dangerous driving in October 2020 after an incident on the Hebridean island of Barra. On October 30, the Nationalist MP allegedly caused significant injury to a 17-year-old motorcyclist in Castlebay.
At 7 p.m., Mr MacNeil’s Toyota RAV4 collided with the motorcycle in a two-vehicle incident.
On the A888 near Castlebay, the MP is accused of failing to “maintain a good watch while making a manoeuvre.”
The adolescent and the Nat MP were driving near Castlebay Community School on the Outer Hebridean island when the two vehicles collided, according to Police Scotland.
With a leg injury, the teen boy biker was rushed to the hospital.
Mr MacNeil was not present at the initial hearing at Lochmaddy Sheriff Court on North Uist on Tuesday.
He did, however, write a letter pleading not guilty.
Mr. MacNeil is scheduled to appear in person in court in September for an interim hearing before a trial in October.
Mr. MacNeil has also been involved in a number of other matters unconnected to the tragedy.
Mr MacNeil and former SNP MP Stewart Hosie were caught up in a love triangle with Oxford-educated writer Serena Cowdy in May 2016.
Mr MacNeil and his wife, Jane, with whom he shared a home on Barra, announced their separation shortly after.
Mr MacNeil also embarrassed the SNP in 2007 when he was found in a hotel room with girls aged 17 and 18 when his pregnant wife was in hospital.
He expressed deep sadness and apologized for the “embarrassment and hurt” he had caused.