An offshore worker has been banned from driving after causing the death of a North-east pensioner.
Gordon Stewart was driving to work on the morning of December 2, 2014, when he struck 81-year-old Helen Filson with his silver Audi A4 on the junction between Colpy Road and Eavern Place in Oldmeldrum.
The 42-year-old appeared at the High Court in Aberdeen yesterday and pleaded guilty to causing the death of the great-grandmother by driving carelessly.
The incident took place at about 8.15am as Stewart, who lived just minutes from the scene, turned right onto Eavern Place.
Following the incident, advocate depute Bruce Erroch said Stewart flagged down a passing motorist.
Mr Erroch added: “The accused appeared visibly upset and shaken. He said ‘I just didn’t see her’.
“The accused placed his jacket behind her head. She appeared relatively lucid and complained of pain to her shoulder.
“She was bleeding because of injury to the right hand side of her head.”
She was taken to hospital where medics discovered she was suffering from significant bleeding to the brain.
The injury was deemed “non-survivable” and she was given palliative care before dying on December 4, 2014.
A post mortem examination revealed the most “significant” injury was a large haematoma to the right hand side of the brain – said to have been caused by the physical and emotional stress of the collision.
However, the examination also found evidence of cerebral amyloid angiopathy, which causes the blood vessels to become more prone to haemorrhage.
Mr Erroch said Mrs Filson had been wearing dark clothing and was walking “slowly” with the aid of a walking stick at the time.
Defence agent Dale Hughes said Stewart, whose address was given as Forsyth Drive, Oldmeldrum, had been suffering depression and anxiety since the incident.
Sentencing Stewart, Lady Stacey said he had been “driving in a manner which fell below that of a competent and careful driver”.
She added: “Your careless driving brought about the death of an elderly lady. (It is) accepted although her medical situation might have made her pre-disposed to a haemorrhage, it happened there that day because of the car accident.
“Nothing I can say or anything you can do or say can take away the grief Mrs Filson’s family must feel at their mother’s death.
“This is a sad and tragic case.”
Stewart was disqualified from driving for 12 months, and told he would have to re-sit his test after that time had elapsed. He was also fined £1,000.