A mum-of-two has today avoided jail after being convicted of causing a crash that killed a former teacher.
Pauline Flynn, 36, appeared at Peterhead Sheriff Court for sentencing after being found guilty of causing the death of Harry McPherson by careless driving.
Sheriff Andrew Miller ordered her to carry out 300 hours of unpaid work within 12 months.
Flynn was also banned from driving for five years.
She had denied the charge of causing the death of former art teacher Mr McPherson, of Rora, by driving carelessly in her blue Ford Focus C-Max on October 3, 2014.
Flynn was on the wrong side of the road when her car crashed into Mr McPherson’s vehicle head-on.
His Vauxhall Corsa was hit so hard it spun 180 degrees before coming to a rest in a ditch on top of a fence near Clola, on the A952 Mintlaw-Toll of Birness road.
Flynn was on the way to Aberdeen to pick up her boyfriend when her car collided with Mr McPherson’s Vauxhall Corsa.
The 61-year-old, who was driving the other vehicle, died after his car left the road and crashed into a fence.
Mr McPherson died at the scene while his partner Patricia suffered serious injuries.
She was left suspended upside down in her seatbelt when the car landed on its side down the embankment.
She was taken to hospital after firefighters cut the roof off the vehicle to rescue her.
Flynn, of Sutherland Close, Mintlaw, suffered serious leg injuries, and had to be cut out of her car.
During sentencing defence advocate Susan Duff said: “She has asked me to express her deep condolences to Mrs McPherson and her daughter.”
She went on to say that Flynn would “never get over” what had happened or being found responsible for causing the crash.
She told the court: “She pled not guilty because she believed she had not driven carelessly.”
Sheriff Miller said: “For Mr McPherson’s friends and family understandably no sentence I could impose would appear to be adequate.”
Flynn declined to comment as she left the court.