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A driver who admitted causing the deaths of both his partner and mother has been given a prison sentence of six years and nine months.  He had previously been jailed for 9 months for dangerous driving and had convictions involving drinking and driving.

The case was held in the High Court in Edinburgh and the court heard that the accident scene resembled the site of an air crash. 

The accident happened in 2007 on a Black Isle road but had taken so long to come to court due to the head injuries that the driver, Stephen Macpherson sustained during the crash.

The accident happened on a hump-backed bridge known locally as the Culicudden straight.  The court heard that just before the crash, the passengers begged him to slow down.  Although the speed limit was 60 miles per hour, the 10 year old passenger described travelling so fast that it was “a blur” outside.  The 15 year old passenger said that she read 150 mph on the speedometer before the driver lost control of the car.

The district procurator fiscal for Dingwall said that the case showed the devastating effect that road offences have on friends and families.  The case also highlights the dangers of speeding on rural roads.

Thousands of people are injured in road traffic accidents every day.  If you or a member of your family has been involved in a road traffic accident contact our No Win No Fee Lawyers today on 0800 0891331 and we will investigate matters for you  and advise if you have a valid claim for compensation.

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