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Melrose learner driver fatal crash trial date set

Suzanne Harkness
Image caption Suzanne Harkness died in the crash on the A6091 near Melrose in the Borders last year

A date has been set for the trial of a Melrose woman accused of causing a learner driver's death in the Borders.

Patricia Aitken, 54, denies driving carelessly and causing her car to go on the opposite carriageway of the A6091 Melrose bypass in August 2009.

She has pled not guilty to the charge alleging her car collided with a car being driven by Suzanne Harkness, 22, killing her and injuring an instructor.

The jury trial is due to start on 10 May at Selkirk Sheriff Court.

Ms Harkness, an office worker from Galashiels, was taking part in a driving lesson when the accident occurred.

She was taken to Borders General Hospital for treatment, but she died a short time later.

James Egan, her instructor, suffered a neck injury and was transferred to a hospital offering specialist treatment in Glasgow.

Ms Aitken, of High Street, Melrose, was excused attendance at an intermediate hearing which set the date for the trial.

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