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Tourist fined for causing fatal crash on A9 in Caithness

A French tourist who caused a fatal crash on the A9 in Caithness has been fined £4,500 at Wick Sheriff Court.

France Lautier, 64, had earlier pleaded guilty to causing the fatal accident by careless driving.

Elizabeth Williams, 72, from Thurso, who was a passenger in one of five cars involved in the collision, died.

The crash happened between Berriedale and Dunbeath, on 20 June last year. Lautier was also banned from driving in the UK for a year.

Wick Sheriff Court heard that her car had crossed onto the wrong side of the road.

Sheriff Andrew Berry said the accident had "dreadful consequences".

The sheriff concluded that the punishment should be a financial one, but added: "I have to make it clear that no sum of money could possibly reflect the value of the life that has been lost."

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