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Death crash driver jailed for six-and-a-half years

A driver who caused a head-on crash in Aberdeenshire in which a 20-year-old woman died has been jailed for six and a half years.

Stefan Lodge, 41, from Ellon, admitted driving dangerously at excessive speed on the A98 Portsoy to Banff road in November 2013, causing the death of Nicole Clark, from Turriff.

He had been drinking lager beforehand.

At the High Court in Glasgow, Lodge was also banned from driving for 10 years.

Judge Lord Turnbull said: "The way in which you chose to drive that day was a deliberate choice. You were behaving without regard for other road users. You drove at excessive speed in an aggressive manner and ignored warning signs.

"Most likely your judgement was impaired by alcohol. Alcohol could be smelled on your breath by emergency service workers at the scene.

"A young woman lost her life. The tragedy does not end with loss of life. The parents of Nicole Clark must live with their loss."

Defence counsel David Moggach said: "He would not drive that way normally and is genuinely remorseful.

"He has asked me to read out a letter he has written. In it he says: "I wish to sincerely apologise for everything that has happened. I am so sorry."

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