Deeside man jailed

A Deeside mechanic who caused his friend’s death when he lost control of his car at 80mph on a rural road has been jailed.

Mark Scott, 19, was killed instantly when the Mini Cooper S he was a passenger in spun across the A980 road and overturned, coming to rest in a field.

Jack Parkes was accelerating to 80mph while being tailgated by another car when he lost control of his own vehicle close to Raemoir on May 29 last year. The 20-year-old was sentenced to 32 months detention at the High Court in Edinburgh after he admitted causing death by driving dangerously.

Torphins man Mr Scott suffered massive chest injuries and died instantly.

Mr Scott’s mother Dorothy-Ann Scott said: “Mark was a wonderful young man and will always be missed and loved by his family and friends. There is no moving on when the most important thing in your life has been taken away. Mark had a brilliant future ahead of him.”

Defence agent Peter Gray QC told the court Parkes was “haunted” by what happened and wanted to see if the tragedy could be used as an example to educate others.

The court heard how Parkes remembered little of the crash, but thought he was distracted by headlights close behind him. He had overtaken a car being driven by Robbie Merchant who continued to tailgate him moments before the crash.

Merchant, of Woodside Road, Banchory, admitted driving dangerously and was banned from driving for two years and fined £600 by the court.

Parkes was banned from driving for five years. He suffered a broken ankle, fractured vertebrae in his neck and had glass embedded in his ear after the accident which killed his friend.