Sheriff bans teenage crash driver
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