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Elgin City footballers admit causing crash

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Image caption A total of six Elgin City players were involved in the crash

Two footballers have admitted causing a crash in Moray that left another young player in a coma for seven weeks.

Elgin City players Darryl McHardy, 18, and Ceiran McLean, 22, raced along a country road in different cars on the way home from a match.

The two vehicles then crashed - causing serious injuries to Elgin City trialist Chris Tucker, who was a passenger in one of the cars.

McHardy and McLean admitted driving dangerously. Sentence was deferred.

Elgin Sheriff Court heard how McHardy and McLean overtook cars and drove on the wrong side of the carriageway before the crash on the A96 Nairn to Alves road in Moray on 12 September last year.

A total of six Elgin City players were involved in the collision as they returned from an under-21 game in Dingwall, where they had defeated Inverness City 5-1.

Mr Tucker, a former Raith Rovers and Berwick Rangers player, was taken to hospital with two broken legs, a broken pelvis and a head injury.

Excessive speed

He woke up nearly two months later with no memory of what had happened.

McHardy and McLean admitted driving at excessive speed, overtaking when it was unsafe to do so, driving in excess of 60mph in close proximity to each other and on both sides of the road.

The charge stated that the two cars then collided, causing permanent disfigurement and impairment to Mr Tucker and injury to Connor MacAuley - both passengers in McHardy's vehicle.

Sheriff Valerie Johnston deferred sentence until next month and ordered background reports.

Both men were released on bail and disqualified from driving in the interim.

The court also ordered an updated report on Mr Tucker's current health.

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