Mum ‘tortured’ by fatal crash on A92

Cupar Sheriff Court.
Cupar Sheriff Court.

A MOTHER-OF-TWO has admitted causing the death of a primary school teacher in a car crash on the A92 in north east Fife.

Jacqueline Davidson (48) was driving home from a children’s go-karting party when her seven-seater Volvo 4x4 crossed the central white line and smashed into Lorna Grant’s Renault Clio between the Five Roads and Forgan roundabouts.

Davidson pleaded guilty to causing the death of Miss Grant (34) by careless driving when she appeared at Cupar Sheriff Court last Thursday.

Two nine-year-old children travelling in Davidson’s car were injured in the crash, which took place on August 29, 2010.

One of the boys suffered a serious head injury and was on a ventilator in intensive care for 10 days.

The court heard that he still experiences brain problems, although the other boy has made a full recovery from his fractured spine.

Depute procurator fiscal Ann Orr described how Davidson had been following her husband home to Broughty Ferry from a children’s party in Kirkcaldy at about 12.40pm.

Ms Orr said: “Witnesses driving behind the accused saw her drifting over the central dividing line.

“They saw nothing that would have required her to move across.

“Lorna Grant was travelling south on the other side of the carriageway and the two vehicles collided almost head-on.

“The Clio was propelled backwards and down an embankment.

“Mr Davidson heard the collision and looked in his rear view mirror to see his wife’s vehicle overturning.”

HELICOPTER

Miss Grant, who lived in Glenrothes and worked at Fintry Primary School in Dundee, was freed from her car by fire crews before being taken by helicopter to Ninewells Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

A crash scene investigation found that the front of Davidson’s Volvo had been fully over the white line, while Miss Grant’s Clio was at the extreme edge of the other side of the road.

Davidson told police she could not remember anything of the incident.

Ian Duguid QC, defending, said Davidson wished to express her sympathy and regret to the family and friends of Miss Grant.

Davidson, originally from Luxembourg, was said to have been “tortured” by the crash.

Mr Duguid told the court that the case had been so protracted because of attempts to find a medical explanation for Davidson’s fatal manoeuvre.

Tests had proved inconclusive, but doctors had suggested that a combination of medication Davidson was taking could have caused a momentary lapse in concentration — or even resulted in her falling asleep at the wheel.

At the time of the crash, Davidson was taking antidepressants and a codeine-based analgesic for migraines.

Sheriff Charles Macnair ordered background reports and told Davidson: “Clearly this was a tragedy, but it is a tragedy for which you have criminal responsibility.”

Davidson, of Albany Road, Broughty Ferry, will be sentenced on May 17.

She was banned from driving in the meantime.