Woman admits killing pensioner on crossing

Police at the scene on the A92 in Inverbervie in November 2014

Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
Police at the scene on the A92 in Inverbervie in November 2014 Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES
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A motorist has admitted causing the death of an 82-year-old man in Inverbervie.

Emily Arbuthnott, admitted to the charge of driving carelessly at Aberdeen Sheriff Court earlier this week.

The 37 year-old struck James Lyall as he crossed a zebra crossing on the A92 in Inverbervie back in November 2014. Mr Lyall was taken to hospital where he sadly died from his injuries. The A92 was closed for several hours while Police Scotland carried out an investigation.

The charge stated Ms Arbuthnott failed to slow down when her vision was obscured by the sun, having not noticed Mr Lyall was crossing the road. Sentencing has been deferred for background reports. The incident sparked safety calls from the Royal Burgh community for motorists.

Community Councillor Caroll Evans said at the time residents wanted improvements to road safety as there is a school and pre-school nearby. Ms Evans said this week that problems still continue on the stretch of road.

She said: “There is still a traffic and parking issue on King street, passing traffic especially lorries are a problem as they don’t slow down and tear through the Royal Burgh.

“I would like to see traffic lights on the junctions at King St, Church St and Kirkburn to help with the flow of traffic, and pedestrians crossing.

“Extended double yellow lines to prevent parking would benefit but people need to stop parking on the Double Yellow lines, zig zag lines and cross safely at the crossing.”