Retired nurse banned from road for two years

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A retired nurse was fined £800 and disqualified from driving for two years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving on the A82, seriously injuring another driver.

Sandra Grady, aged 62, admitted that her car crossed into the opposing carriageway about one mile north of Tyndrum on August 2 last year, when she appeared at Oban Sheriff Court on Monday November 16. 

Both the BMW she was driving and the Skoda Yeti the other woman and her two sons were travelling in were extensively damaged.

The other driver, on a family holiday from the south of England, had to be cut free from her car; she had attempted to take evasive action as the two vehicles closed in on each other.

Sheriff Patrick Hughes was shown dash-cam footage from Grady’s car which showed the impact and how it spun around 180 degrees afterwards; it also showed that she had been driving well up until this incident.

‘The front offside wing of the BMW struck the front offside driver’s door and sill area of the Skoda,’ said procurator David Glancy, adding that the Skoda came to rest in a ditch at the side of the road.

‘One of her sons broke three fingers and had soft issue damage to his leg.  She had to be cut free and airlifted to hospital in Glasgow. The woman was left with two broken bones in her right arm with plates and pins needed to repair the damage; the femur in her right leg was broken and needed rods and pins and has caused her ‘the greatest complications’.

Grady’s granddaughter was travelling in the car with her, in a child seat in the rear of the car; her mobile telephone showed that it was not in use and there were no signs of braking at the scene or any faults with the vehicle the court was told.

Grady, of 9 Linnet Avenue, Johnstone, was represented by Barry Smith QC, who told the court that she had retired after 35 years as a nurse.

‘She is a person of good character, no previous convictions and a clean licence,’ he said.

He added: ‘This accident and its consequences have had and continue to have a profound impact on Mrs Grady; my client is very well aware of the consequences of her driving and accepts full responsibility for it.’

Sheriff Hughes also ordered that Grady pass the extended driving test once her disqualification is over, before her licence is returned.