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Driver Jack Parkes admits Mark Scott death crash role

Mark Scott
Image caption Mark Scott died in the crash on the A980 in May last year

A driver has admitted causing the death of a teenager in a car crash in Aberdeenshire.

Jack Parkes, 20, of Banchory, was behind the wheel when he lost control, leaving 19-year-old passenger Mark Scott, of Torphins, dead.

The crash happened on the A980 Alford to Banchory road in May last year.

Mr Scott's mother said she had "lost everything of meaning" in her life. Sentence was deferred until November at the High Court in Edinburgh.

The court was told two cars had sped along the country road at more than 80mph.

Advocate depute Martin Macari said the blue Mini Cooper S hit a stone wall after mechanic Parkes lost control, span across the road, overturned and came to rest in a field.

Mr Scott - who was about to start an apprenticeship as an aeronautical engineer - died at the scene.

Mr Macari said another driver, Robbie Merchant, 25, had been trying to keep up with the Mini and hit the debris from the crash.

Merchant, of Banchory, admitted driving dangerously.

Judge Lord Tyre heard of the devastating effect of the aftermath of Mr Scott's family.

His mother, Dorothy-Anne Scott, said in a statement to the court: "Mark lost his life and I've lost everything of meaning in mine."

Father Brian Scott told the court: "There is not one day which passes where I don't think of him and miss him."

And grandfather Peter Taylor described Mr Scott as his dearest friend and said his loss was "unbearable."

Mr Taylor described his grandson as "a fine, caring, sympathetic and cheerful young man of promise".

Lord Tyre called for background reports.

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