Sher­iff bans teenage crash driver

The Oban Times - - News - AMANDA CRAW­FORD fort@oban­ This is a very se­ri­ous in­ci­dent. Sher­iff Jim Scott

A TEENAGE driver from Mal­laig who caused a crash that saw two cars burst into flames on the busy Road to the Isles, has been banned for a year.

Aimee Lawrie, of Mal­laig Vaig, was found guilty of driv­ing with­out due care and at­ten­tion fol­low­ing a trial in Fort Wil­liam sher­iff court last Wed­nes­day af­ter crash­ing her mother’s Vaux­hall Corsa nose first into another ve­hi­cle.

The 19-year- old had only held a driv­ing li­cence for nine months when the crash took place near Beas­dale on the A830 on the evening of Fri­day, Au­gust 8, last year.

The court heard Lawrie and two fe­male friends were trav­el­ling to Fort Wil­liam from Mal­laig to watch a football match, while the Glaswe­gian cou­ple they col­lided with were head­ing to Ari­saig to be­gin a week-long camp­ing hol­i­day.

In­stead the par­ties ended up shocked in hos­pi­tal when Lawrie ap­peared to lose con­trol near to Beas­dale train sta­tion. Sher­iff Jim Scott heard that Lawrie came round a curve on the road and veered onto the op­po­site side of the road where a Toy­ota Hilux was tow­ing a car­a­van.

The Toy­ota driver said dur­ing ev­i­dence: ‘As I ap­proached, I could see the top of the hill. I did see the ve­hi­cle com­ing to­wards me. It was on the right side [of the road]. It was on my side of the road.’

Procu­ra­tor fis­cal, Michelle Mol­ley, asked: ‘ Was there any­thing you could see that could have caused the car to be­come out of con­trol?’

The wit­ness replied: ‘No. Speed is the only ex­pla­na­tion I can think of. I was stop­ping be­cause I saw the car on my side of the road. I don’t know what speed she was do­ing, but she was go­ing fast.’

Lawrie then took to the wit­ness box to de­fend her case. She said she was cer­tain the road was ‘slip­pery’ and that she was do­ing no more than 30 miles per hour just prior to the col­li­sion.

The court heard she had felt the back of her Corsa slide, which took her onto the op­po­site side of the road as she trav­elled east­bound.

She said she then cor­rected the car and re­turned to her own side, but she lost con­trol of the car again be­fore smash­ing head first in to the Toy­ota.

Un­em­ployed Lawrie spent days in a Glas­gow hos­pi­tal hav­ing a bro­ken arm and bro­ken toe treated fol­low­ing the crash, while her two friends re­cov­ered in Fort Wil­liam’s Belford hos­pi­tal.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor, Natalie Bruce, said: ‘She felt the car slide as though it was on ice. She re­gained con­trol of the ve­hi­cle and then felt it slide again.’

Miss Lawrie was found guilty and fined £200 and dis­qual­i­fied from driv­ing for 12 months.

Sher­iff Scott said: ‘My con­clu­sion is that the ac­cused, driv­ing at ex­ces­sive speed, caused her to lose con­trol. This is a very se­ri­ous in­ci­dent.’

DEV­AS­TA­TION: the af­ter­math of the head on col­li­sion on the A830 road from Mal­laig to Fort Wil­liam

Aimee Lawrie was fined £200 and banned from driv­ing for

one year.

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