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73 year old driver handed 5 year ban and community service for killing female cyclist in the Highlands

Murdo Morrison 'suffers bouts of grief' since he killed his friend Mary Brook...

A driver in his 70s who killed his friend as she rode her bicycle has been banned from driving for five years and ordered to do 140 hours of unpaid work.

Murdo Morrison, aged 73, hit Mary Brook, 59 in Drumnadrochit in the Highlands in July last year. He told Inverness Sheriff Court that he had not spotted her till it was too late and hit her from behind with his Fiat Panda.

He admitted careless driving.

Mary Brook was thrown 90ft after hitting the car’s windscreen, and died shortly after of chest and spinal injuries.

Morrison still suffers ‘bouts of grief’ after killing his friend, his representative told the court, according to the Highland News.

Solicitor Ken Ferguson said: "He is extremely remorseful. His recollection is poor but the police collision report states he failed to appreciate the speed differential between his Fiat Panda and Miss Brook’s bicycle."

Fiscal depute Michelle Molloy said: "He told police ‘I saw the cyclist in front of me so I was slowly coming up to avoid her and out of the blue I felt the impact. I stopped and saw it was a cyclist I had hit. I thought I had left enough space between her and my car."

Morrison later told social workers: "Not a day goes by that I don’t think about her."

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.

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