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Christopher Huntington denies careless driving death charge

A man has denied causing the death of teenager through careless driving on the outskirts of Aberdeen.

Benjamin Land, 19, was hit by a car on 10 August 2013 and died as a result of his injuries almost a week later.

Christopher Huntington was charged with causing his death by driving in "excess of the speed limit" and "failing to react to the presence" of Mr Land.

The 20-year-old also denied a further charge of driving dangerously on the same road a year later.

Aberdeen Sheriff Court heard that Mr Land was thought to be crossing the A944 Kingswell to Aberdeen road after stepping off a night bus near his home at about 0400 when he was knocked down.

The college student was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries but died six days later.

It is also alleged that on 5 September 2014 Mr Huntington repeatedly drove a silver Volkswagen Polo close to the rear of other cars on the Westhill to Dunecht stretch of A944 and swerved onto the opposite side of the carriageway, narrowly avoiding oncoming traffic.

Court papers claim his actions caused another driver to brake harshly to avoid a collision.

Mr Huntington is due to appear in court again later this month.

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