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Drunk driver killed pedestrian in New Year Day crash

Caroline Cumming
Image caption Caroline Cumming was hoping to become a teacher

A speeding teenager killed a woman and seriously injured her boyfriend while driving home drunk after a New Year party in Dundee, a court has heard.

Jamie Dolan, 17, lost control while driving at 60mph in a 30mph zone, and smashed into Caroline Cumming, 23, who died at the scene.

He was then seen fleeing the car, which crashed on Arbroath Road, carrying two bottles of vodka.

Dolan, from Dundee, has admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 17 September.

Speaking outside the High Court in Edinburgh, the dead woman's father, Steve Cumming, said Dolan had pled guilty after being faced with "irrefutable evidence".

He added: "We miss her terribly and it is us, her family, who have been handed a life sentence of pain and grief. But more than that, Caroline - who was so full of the joys of life - has been robbed of her future and her dreams.

''We feel it is inappropriate to comment in further detail until after sentencing."

Miss Cumming was a former psychology student at Abertay University and hoped to become a teacher.

Skin grafts

The court was told she was walking home with her boyfriend Scott Ramsay, 25, from a party at about 0700 GMT when Dolan came round a bend driving a Ford Mondeo.

He collided with some railings before sliding into the pair. Miss Cumming was hit first by the car and propelled into Mr Ramsay who ended up in a nearby garden.

She was thrown about 28m (92ft) before landing in the road and suffered multiple injuries, including fractures to her legs, pelvis and spine.

Mr Ramsay sustained serious leg injuries and a fracture to his jaw and has undergone surgery and skin grafts. He continues to use crutches and is awaiting an operation to insert an artificial knee cap.

The court was told that a police dog was able to track Dolan, who had fled the scene, to his home where he was found with fragments of windscreen glass in his jumper.

It was later calculated that he was two and a half times the drink drive limit at the time of the crash.

First offender Dolan admitted causing the death while driving without a licence or insurance, and failing to stop after the collision.

He also admitted driving while under the influence of alcohol and speeding.

An allegation that he was under the influence of drugs was deleted from the charge.

Dolan's defence, solicitor advocate Chris Fyffe said: "He takes full responsibility for his actions and behaviour on this tragic occasion."

But Judge Lady Smith said the offence was "an extremely serious matter".

"The court takes a most serious view of such conduct and you can expect to be severely dealt with when you come back before me," she said.

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