Driver who caused crash jailed
A 21-year-old man whose “appalling driving” caused a head-on crash that left an elderly woman seriously injured was jailed for six months yesterday.
Nathan Stewart lost control while speeding dangerously around blind bends on a Moray road and collided with an oncoming car.
Elgin Sheriff Court was told the crash happened on the B9010 Kellas to Rafford road on October 11, 2016.
In the car he struck was passenger Joyce Conacher, a 95-yearold grandmother who never recovered from her appalling injuries and later died.
Sheriff Chris Dickson
“The elderly woman sustained serious injury”
told Stewart, of Queen Street in Lossiemouth: “This was appalling driving. As a result of the collision others sustained injury and an elderly woman sustained serious injury and sadly did not recover.”
Stewart had previously admitted driving dangerously at excessive speed round bends while both front tyres were devoid of tread, before losing control and colliding with an oncoming car.
Procurator fiscal Alex Swain said Stewart had picked up a young woman, Tabitha Driver, from Elgin to go out for a drive on the afternoon of the collision.
Miss Driver described his driving as “reckless and dangerous”.
A short time later, his car ploughed into the vehicle being driven by Francesca Stuart, whose grandmother Joyce Conachar was a passenger in the vehicle.
Stewart was banned from driving for three years and ordered to resit his test to get his licence back after the ban.