Highlands & Islands

Inquiry to look into Leicestershire woman's death

A fatal accident inquiry into a crash in the Highlands which caused the death of a cyclist from Leicestershire will take place this summer.

Elaine Dunne, 30, from Glenfield, died and her husband Christopher was seriously injured when a car allegedly drove on the wrong side of the road.

Driver Alice Ross, 95, of Lybster, blamed a rare medical condition for causing the accident in September 2011.

The FAI will be held at Wick Sheriff Court from 18 August.

The inquiry is expected to last two weeks.

The Dunnes were on a week-long holiday in Scotland to celebrate their first wedding anniversary.

They had been standing with their bikes when they were knocked over on the A99 Wick to John O'Groats road at Auckengill, near Keiss.

It was claimed that Ms Ross mounted a verge, drove along a pavement and hit Mrs Dunne.

Following the accident, the pensioner was thought to have been the oldest person in Scotland to have faced a High Court indictment.

Her lawyers lodged a special defence of automatism, claiming she had a rare medical condition that caused her to lose consciousness.

However, the High Court case in Inverness against her was dropped in August last year because the Crown's late assessment of medical reports lodged by the defence.

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