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Mother and daughter from Kinlochewe in head-on crash on A835 near Garve while heading to Muir of Ord

By Ali Morrison

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A burger van operator had her young daughter in her car when she crashed head-on with another vehicle near Garve.

Inverness Sheriff Court was told that Maria Ceinos-Stewart of Coulin Estate, Kinlochewe was on her way to work in Muir of Ord when she overtook another car.

But fiscal depute Michelle Molley told Sheriff Ian Cruickshank that a van was coming the other way and Ceinos-Stewart made no attempt to abort the overtake.

"Her daughter was a rear seat passenger. Both vehicles were extensively damaged and the occupants of the van managed to walk free unharmed. Ambulance and fire crew attended and Ceinos-Stewart was trapped in the driver's seat and had to be cut free. She sustained a suspected broken arm.

"Her daughter also had to be freed but she was uninjured." Ms Molley added.

Ceinos-Stewart admitted a charge of careless driving on the A835 near Garve on November 26, 2019.

Defence solicitor Clare O'Hagan said: "It was a lack of judgement on her part. She was being tailgated and attempted to overtake the car in front because she was then too close to the rear of that vehicle. She was panicking and didn't see the van."

Sheriff Cruickshank said :"This is a serious case of careless driving."

He fined Ceinos-Stewart £600 and banned her from driving for six months.

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