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Woman lost unborn baby in crash on A82

Inverness Sheriff Court. Image: CROWN COPYRIGHT
Image caption The court heard that Lipkin was trying to overtake three cars

A woman who was 11 weeks pregnant lost her baby in a crash caused by another motorist's dangerous driving, Inverness Sheriff Court has heard.

Alexandrina MacPhee, from Skye, broke her pelvis in the smash on the A82 at Lochend, near Inverness, last Friday.

She had tried to avoid colliding with a car driven by Dmitry Lipkin, 31, as he overtook three vehicles.

The lawyer, from Russia, admitted driving dangerously and was fined £3,300.

He was also banned from driving for two years.

Solicitor Craig Wood said his client was "extremely remorseful" about the crash.

Sheriff Margaret Neilson told Lipkin: "You caused an accident which had very serious consequences, consequences which you will have to live with for the rest of your life."

While trying to avoid a collision, Mrs MacPhee braked, causing her Peugeot 307 to skid and spin, before crashing into Lipkin's sports car.

She was flown to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness where she later found out that she had lost her unborn baby.

Another motorist caught up in the crash was slightly injured.

Lipkin suffered cuts to his fingers.

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