South Scotland

Kelso woman cleared of double fatal road crash charges

A driver has been cleared of causing the death of two pensioners in a crash in the Scottish Borders after a sheriff ruled there was no case to answer.

Claire Angus, 48, of Kelso, claimed she was not responsible for her actions due to a reaction to medication.

Defence lawyers moved that there was insufficient evidence to show she had acted in a careless or reckless manner.

After hearing legal arguments, Sheriff William Holligan upheld the submission and Ms Angus was acquitted.

The move came on the fourth day of a trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Ms Angus had denied causing the deaths of Alison Wood, 79, and Janet Allan, 73, by driving without due care and attention on the A68 near Newtown St Boswells in February last year.

She was also alleged to have caused severe injuries to herself and her front seat passenger, a nine-year-old boy.

The court had previously heard how her car had "drifted" on to the wrong side of the road and collided head-on with another car, sending it "flying into the air".

However, medical experts gave evidence that the combination of medication she was taking could have caused dizziness and loss of consciousness.

It was accepted by the court that Ms Angus had been unconscious before the collision.

Defence advocate Steven Love moved there was insufficient evidence to convict her of the charges against her.

After hearing representations from Mr Love and Fiscal Depute Ruth Ross-Davie, prosecuting, the sheriff ruled that Ms Angus should be acquitted.

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