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Italian driver admits causing Glasgow woman's death

Andrea Mancioppi
Image caption The court heard that Mancioppi was solely to blame for the crash

A woman died in a head-on crash when an Italian tourist pulled out to overtake traffic on the A9, the High Court in Edinburgh has heard.

Andrea Mancioppi, 31, from Rome, admitted causing death by dangerous driving on the Inverness to Perth road near Kingussie on 4 September 2008.

Linda Lindsay, 63, of Glasgow, was travelling with her husband to their holiday home when she was killed.

Judge Lord Matthews deferred sentence for background reports.

Mancioppi was extradited from Italy when he failed to appear for trial in October last year.

Both braked

The accounts clerk was heading south in a queue of traffic and was a mile short of reaching an overtaking lane when he began his manoeuvre.

The Lindsays were heading north to their holiday home in Boat of Garten, near Aviemore.

The court heard that as Mancioppi and Mr Lindsay headed for each other they both braked and seemed to head for the same lay-by in an attempt to avoid hitting each other.

Mrs Lindsay died instantly. Her husband Alan suffered a broken leg and was airlifted to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness by helicopter.

Mancioppi and his partner, Silvia Lombardi, were treated for minor injuries.

Pulled back

Through an interpreter, he told police he had followed a van out of the queue of traffic to overtake.

The van had pulled back onto its own side of the road, leaving him facing an on-coming vehicle.

Advocate depute Gillian More said: "He assumed because the vehicle in front thought it was safe to overtake, it was safe for him to overtake too."

Accident investigators concluded that Mancioppi was solely to blame.

Solicitor advocate Des Finnieston, defending, told the court that Mancioppi had not taken in "the full import" of the road sign indicating there was a passing lane ahead because of his lack of understanding of English.

Lord Matthews ordered background reports and allowed Mancioppi to remain on bail until his next court appearance on 15 October in Greenock.

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