Driver dies after Deeside road crash

A Deeside teenager killed after her car left the road and hit a tree has been named locally as Zoe Dunn.

According to Grampian Police, the one-vehicle accident happened on the B9077 South Deeside Road near Maryfield House, between the Bridge of Feugh and Durris, at around 3.50pm on Thursday (May 10).

Dozens of tributes were left on Zoe’s Facebook page and a separate Facebook page - Zoe Dunn Memorial page - set up by friends.

One post, from Catherine McIntosh, said: “I can’t believe this has happened...My thoughts are with your family! This has brought back all those memories of our younger years and all of our adventures we had! You will be greatly missed and cherished! Xxx”

And another, from Ailsa Elaine Glennie, read: “You were such a lovely girl. Taken far too young! You’re going to be missed by everyone! Thoughts go out to your family & close friends! Sleep tight! Xxx”

Emergency services attended the collision but the former Aboyne Academy pupil, believed to be 18 and driving a blue Renault Clio, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Inspector Ian Kirkwood, of the road policing department at Stonehaven said: “The collision involved an eastbound blue coloured Renault Clio with a private registration number, which left the road and collided with a tree.

“Tragically, the sole occupant, a female local to Deeside, was pronounced dead at the scene. Collision investigators have examined the scene and other officers are speaking to witnesses.

“On the lead up to the collision, we think that the Clio may have travelled eastwards along the A93 through Banchory before turning right onto Dee Street, Banchory then joined the South Deeside road at the Bridge of Feugh. I would ask anyone who may have seen a similar car in that area around the time of the collision to get in touch with us.”

According to her Facebook page, Zoe had worked as a lodge housekeeper at the Hilton in Ballater from March 2008 until September 2011, and then as a domestic assistant at Allachburn Care Home, Aboyne, from September 2011 to the present.

The B9077 at the scene was closed for five hours to allow investigations to be carried out and local diversions were put in place.

Anyone with information can contact Grampian Police on 0845 600 5700.