A woman who was injured in a horrific car accident in 2007 which resulted in the death of her daughter has been awarded compensation.
Catherine Rose, 67, was travelling on the A9 in her mini when a tanker lorry collided with her vehicle.
The crash claimed the life of her 36-year-old daughter Melainey, while Mrs Rose received serious personal injuries. Surgeons said they were surprised she survived the accident.
Shane Fraser was the driver of the truck and he was jailed for four years for dangerous driving. During his trial he denied the offence and said he had sneezed while cleaning his windscreen.
Mrs Rose sued the driver at the Court of Session in Edinburgh for her own personal injuries and her daughter’s death.
The case, however, was settled out-of-court as Calor Gas’s insurers (Mr Fraser’s previous employer) agreed the compensation sum with Mrs Rose’s injury lawyers.
Though the compensation sum was undisclosed it is believed to be in excess of £250,000.
Judge Lord Menzies said: “It has also had a very serious impact on the life of Catherine Rose who was seriously injured as a result of the collision between the lorry you were driving and the car she was in.”
The judge continued to say the collision was “a tragedy for the family of Melainey Rose”.
In court Fraser claimed he was cleaning dust off the windscreen when he sneezed resulting in the truck veering off the road.