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Driver guilty of death by careless driving after Aberdeen crash

Lillian Morrison Image copyright NEWSLINE MEDIA
Image caption Lillian Morrison died after being knocked down

A driver has been found guilty of causing the death of a pedestrian in Aberdeen by careless driving.

Rachel Forsyth, 21, of Westhill, had been accused of causing the death of 79-year-old Lillian Morrison by driving dangerously while using her mobile phone.

She was found guilty of the reduced charge at the High Court in Aberdeen.

The incident happened on Queen's Road in Aberdeen on 27 December 2012.

Image caption The collision happened in Aberdeen in 2012

Forsyth had told the court: "I was not texting at the time I was driving. I was paying attention and wasn't on my phone either at the time."

She said she only realised she had run someone down when her car windscreen smashed.

The jury of eight women and six men took just over an hour to find the events management university student guilty by a majority verdict.

Lord Turnbull deferred sentence until 27 February for background reports.

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