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Last Updated: Tuesday, 21 September, 2004, 12:53 GMT 13:53 UK
Three years for fatal A77 crash
A woman who caused a fatal accident on the A77 while her baby was strapped into her car has been given three years detention.

Marion Lithgow, 19, tailgated other vehicles before overtaking, hitting a crash barrier and bouncing into another car, killing its 68-year-old passenger.

Lithgow, from Maidens, Ayrshire, and her baby were unhurt in the crash near Minishant in July last year.

She waved to her parents as she left the dock at the High Court in Glasgow.

Lithgow was convicted last month of dangerous driving on the Glasgow to Portpatrick road at Bankfield roundabout.

Driving ban

Passing sentence, the judge, Lord McEwan, said he would be failing in his duty if he did not order her to be detained in a Young Offenders' Institution. He also banned her from driving for 10 years.

Her trial had heard from Jean Milligan, who was returning with her husband William from visiting their daughter, when they saw Lithgow's car coming towards them.

It careered into their car, causing fatal injuries to her husband.

Lithgow, who passed her driving test five months before the crash, tried to blame the accident on the Milligans' car, claiming it had been on her side of the road but police investigators proved otherwise.

The court heard that she was from a "good, supportive and stable family" and had to give up her studies at agricultural college when she became pregnant aged 16.

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