Sheriff's mercy for mum who killed young teacher in wrong side of road crash — (Daily Record)

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A “TORTURED” mum who can’t explain how she came to kill a young teacher in a car crash has been spared jail.

A sheriff sentenced Jacqueline Davidson, 48, to a 45-month driving ban and 300 hours of community service.

Davidson was taking five kids home from a go-karting party when her Volvo 4×4 crossed to the wrong side of the road and hit 34-year-old Lorna Grant’s Renault Clio almost head-on.

Lorna’s car went backwards down a six-foot bank. She was cut free and flown to hospital but never regained consciousness.

Two nine-year-old boys in Davidson’s 4×4 were badly hurt. One lost motor function and still suffers “brain fatigue”, and the other spent nine weeks in a brace because of a broken spine.

Mum-of-two Davidson, of Broughty Ferry, Dundee, pleaded guilty to causing Lorna’s death by careless driving in the crash near Cupar, Fife, on the afternoon of August 29, 2010.

Ian Duguid QC, defending, told Cupar Sheriff Court Davidson was tortured by the tragedy.

He added: “She was driving on the wrong side of the road and she has no explanation for it.”

Mr Duguid said tests suggested Davidson may have had an epileptic fit, or blacked out because of a combination of medicines she was taking.

She had been prescribed anti-depressants and was also taking over-the-counter painkillers for a migraine.

Mr Duguid said Davidson had not driven or worked since the crash. She suffered nightmares and flashbacks and had been treated by psychologists.

Sentencing, sheriff Charlie Macnair told Davidson it was difficult to balance “the seriousness of the offence and your personal circumstances”.

He added: “Nothing I do can bring Lorna Grant back and make things any better for her family.”

Lorna taught at Fintry Primary in Dundee. Mum Joan and dad Bob, a GP, said she was “an amazing girl, talented in so many ways” and “an inspirational teacher”.

They added: “The outcome of the case can change nothing. Lorna’s death has left a huge void in all our lives that will never be filled.”

The family called for more research into the possible effects of drug combinations on driving. Joan left yesterday’s hearing in tears.