Ex-soldier who killed woman in head-on crash banned from road

Ross Nelson's van collided with Brendan Donaldson's car in thick fog in Perthshire.

Court: Ross Nelson admitted death by careless driving (file pic).
Court: Ross Nelson admitted death by careless driving (file pic).

A former soldier who killed a woman in a head-on crash has been banned from the road.

Ross Nelson caused his van to plough into Brenda Donaldson's Citroen after straying on to the wrong side of the road in thick fog.

The civil engineer died in the crash on the A977 in Perthshire in November 2014.

Nelson previously pled guilty to causing the death of the 55-year-old from the Crook of Devon by careless driving.

At the High Court in Glasgow on Friday, Lady Scott told the accused he committed a "significant failure" by crossing on to the wrong side of the road causing a "heavy" collision.

The judge said after "balancing all factors" she had decided it was "not necessary" to jail the 28-year-old.

Nelson was ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work and banned from driving for four years.

His Ford Transit van hit Ms Donaldson's car as she travelled in the opposite direction during a spell of thick fog.

The court heard how he suffered cuts and bruises and tried in vain to help the woman after the accident.

Ronnie Renucci, defending, said Nelson had not realised he had been on the wrong side of road that morning.

The advocate added: "He has found it difficult to come to terms that he was responsible for the death of another."

Nelson had originally gone to trial in Edinburgh late last year accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

Prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to the reduced charge near the end of the case.

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