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Driver jailed for causing death crash on Dufftown to Huntly road

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Image caption James Hilton caused the crash

A driver who admitted causing the death of a pensioner by driving dangerously while overtaking two vehicles on the approach to a corner has been jailed.

James Hilton, 25, of Aberdeen, was trying to catch up with a friend who was travelling in another car on the A920 Dufftown to Huntly road in 2015.

Patrick Pirie, 81, of Dufftown, was in a car involved in the resulting crash. He died in hospital from his injuries.

Hilton was jailed four years and two months.

Great-grandfather Mr Pirie was travelling home from a farmers' mart in nearby Huntly when the collision happened.

'Genuine remorse'

Judge Lord Woolman told the High Court in Edinburgh: "This is a tragic case for everyone involved. Mr Pirie was a retired farmer aged 81. He was married with four grown children.

"Your crime casts a terrible shadow over them. The harm caused by an offence that causes a person's death is immeasurable.

"My duty is to discourage others from such irresponsible conduct. I must also mark the gravity of what happened."

He also banned him from driving for nine years and until he passes a fresh test.

Defence counsel Tony Lenehan said Hilton had shown "genuine remorse".

Hilton had one previous conviction, a speeding offence from 2011.

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