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Driver banned for cyclist's death in Drumnadrochit

Ghost bike at Holyrood
Image caption Mary Brook's death came on the same day as cyclists were raising awareness about road fatalities

A pensioner whose careless driving caused the death of a cyclist in the Highlands has been banned from driving for five years.

Murdo Morrison, 73, from Balnain, has also been ordered to carry out 140 hours of unpaid community work.

Mary Brook, 59, also from Balnain, was killed on a shopping trip in Drumnadrochit on 22 July last year.

Inverness Sheriff Court heard that Morrison did not see the cyclist until it was too late.

His Fiat Panda went into the back of Mrs Brook's bike.

Morrison had earlier admitted causing her death by careless driving.

The collision happened on the same days as campaigners placed two "ghost bikes" outside the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness about cyclists' deaths in road accidents.

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