£1200 fine for elderly Fife driver who caused death of motorcyclist

An elderly woman who admitted causing the death of a motorcyclist by driving a car on a Fife road without due care and attention has been fined £1200 and disqualified for three years.

Monday, 12th April 2021, 12:28 pm

Elizabeth Davies, of Sheil Path, East Calder, West Lothian appeared before Sheriff James Williamson at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Davies, 77, admitted on July 31, 2019 on the A911 at the T junction with Leslie Mains, Glenrothes she caused the death of Geoff Davidson by driving a car without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other people using the road in that she failed to maintain proper observations, failed to comply with a ‘Give Way’ regulation by emerging from a T junction into the path of a motorcycle being ridden by Geoff Davidson.

This caused the motorcycle to collide with the car causing Mr Davidson, 67, to be so severely injured, that he later died at Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy on August 17, 2019.

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Elizabeth Davies appeared before Sheriff Williamson at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court.

Davies defence lawyer told the court that his client no longer drives and is not expecting to ever do so again.

Sheriff Williamson told Davies: “It is clear from the report you understand the impact of the death of Mr Davidson and the impact on his family.

"It is also clear from the report that you have shown genuine remorse. I am taking into account your age and the fact you have driven for 40 years without incident.

"I have come to the conclusion that the most appropriate way to deal with this is by a financial penalty.”

Sheriff Williamson fined Davies £1200 and disqualified her from driving for three years.

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