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Bridge of Allan man banned from driving after A9 crash

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Image caption Christopher Thornton was sentenced at Inverness Sheriff Court

A man who admitted causing a crash that left two people on a motorbike seriously injured has been banned from driving for three years.

Christopher Thornton, 36, from Bridge of Allan, has also been sentenced to a maximum of 300 hours of unpaid work.

His car struck a bike carrying Malcolm Traquair and Ruth Keighley, of Bearsden, on the A9 near Kingussie.

Ms Keighley, 63, spent 16 months in hospital following the crash on 23 August 2013.

Inverness Sheriff Court had earlier heard that Thornton sent a text message about hoping to stay awake on his drive home two hours before the smash.

He attached a picture to the message to his partner showing a pack of four caffeine drinks, the court heard.

Ms Keighley suffered brain damage and had to learn to walk and talk again after several surgical procedures.

Mr Traquair, 62, lost the use of his right arm.

Thornton had been returning home from a business trip to Elgin, the court heard.

In his text, the company director said: "Just leaving Elgin, hopeful of staying awake".

He admitted on indictment at Inverness Sheriff Court to driving dangerously knowing he was tired and causing the couple serious injury by colliding with their bike.

Witnesses described seeing his car drifting towards the wrong side of the carriageway.

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