Takeaway driver died of head injury after hitting tree on Black Isle
A fatal accident inquiry was held after Sharon Eccleson's death in May 2014.
A takeaway driver died of a head injury after colliding with a tree in the Highlands.
Sharon Eccleson, 37, crashed on the Black Isle at around 11.20pm on May 28, 2014.
A fatal accident inquiry was held under sheriff Walter Mercer following the crash on the B9169.
Ms Eccleson lived in Muir of Ord with her husband and children, working in a call centre in Dingwall during the day and making deliveries for the local Khan Tandoori in the evenings.
Ms Eccleson was travelling home after making a delivery to Culbokie when her car struck a tree.
Sheriff Mercer concluded: “Taking into account all available information and from analysis of the collision scene, it is our opinion that the cause of this collision rests entirely with the now-deceased.
“Ms Eccleson has, while negotiating a right hand bend, driven on the grass verge and has reacted by steering sharply to the right. This has resulted in a loss of control whereby the motor car crossed the carriageway and collided with a tree.
“The reason for entering the grass verge is not known, but may be due to a lapse of concentration or entering the corner at excessive speed.”
He added: “I am satisfied that the conclusions of the collision investigation report are well founded. It is not possible to identify the precise time of Ms Eccleson’s death, but it clearly occurred between her leaving Culbokie after 11pm and her car being found.”
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