A North-east woman has told a court how a Mother’s Day weekend trip turned to tragedy when her mum was killed in a horror head-on smash on the A90.
Alin Jar has admitted causing the death of Jamesina Stewart – known as Ina – after colliding with the vehicle being driven by her daughter on the A90 near Ellon.
It’s alleged he fell asleep at the wheel while driving under the influence of morphine.
On the first day of his trial yesterday, and in the presence of jurors who will hear his case, he offered to plead guilty to a reduced charge of causing death by careless driving.
But prosecutors rejected his plea and Jar is now standing trial accused of the more serious charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
The High Court in Aberdeen heard that grandmother Mrs Stewart, 57, of Elgin, died at the scene on March 5 2016 – the day before Mother’s Day.
Her daughter Amanda Todd told the court she, her husband, her mother and two children were on the A90 heading to Ellon when they saw a Vauxhall Meriva, driven by Jar, heading straight for them on the wrong side of the road.
Mrs Todd, 37, broke down in tears as she told of the moment the car ploughed into her vehicle. She said: “I knew it was inevitable that I couldn’t brake in time. We impacted and then I was unconscious.
“When I regained consciousness the children were out of the car but my mum was still in the vehicle.
“I was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and was in high dependency for three days. I have had four surgeries since.”
Jar, 31, of Clifton Road, Aberdeen, denies a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
At the outset of his trial Jar’s advocate, David Moggach, told the court and jurors that Jar was pleading guilty to the lesser charge of causing death by careless driving.
That plea was rejected by the Crown and Jar has now gone on trial facing the more serious charge.
The trial, before Lord Woolman, continues.