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Mother criticises fine for crash

Inverness Sheriff Court (Pic: CROWN COPYRIGHT)
The court heard Mrs MacLeman was on her way home

The mother of a nurse killed in a road crash has criticised the fine and ban handed down at Inverness Sheriff Court to the driver who collided with her.

Derek Smith, 42, who runs a flooring business in Inverness, admitted driving carelessly on the A862. Tracey MacLeman, 44, died in the smash.

Smith was fined 500 and banned from driving for three months.

The sheriff said legislation meant he could not take into account the consequences of Smith's driving.

Sheriff Alexander Pollock said he could only consider the level of carelessness.

Heading home

Outside the court, Mrs MacLeman's mother Ann Hill said: "The Road Traffic Act 2006 takes into account a charge of death by careless driving, but it isn't law yet.

"I can't understand why that has not come into effect yet."

She added: "I feel the sentence is too lean. It is sending the wrong message out to other drivers.

"Whatever happens we are never going to get Tracey back."

The court heard mother-of-two Mrs MacLeman died when her car was in a head-on collision with Smith's van as she travelled home from New Craigs psychiatric hospital in Inverness.

The crash happened on the Inverness to Beauly road at Inchmore in February.

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