Motorist admits causing friend’s death on rural Deeside road

A young driver has admitted causing his friend’s death by driving dangerously and racing another car at 80mph on a rural road in Deeside.

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

His friend, Jack Parkes, 20, has pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving on May 29 last year.

Another driver, Robbie Merchant, 25, who was tailgating the Mini Cooper S admitted driving dangerously at the High Court in Edinburgh on Monday.

The court heard statements from Mr Scott’s mother about the impact his death has had on her life.

His mother Dorothy-Anne Scott said in a statement to the court: “Mark lost his life and I’ve lost everything of meaning in mine.”

The court heard that both cars were racing along the rural road at around 80mph when Parkes lost control of the car and struck a stone wall.

Mr Scott, who was from Torphins, suffered massive chest injuries and was killed instantly.

Parkes, of Ash Tree Road, Banchory, was taken to hospital with a broken ankle and broken verterbrae in his neck.

On the outskirts of Torphins, Parkes overtook Merchant’s black Citroen and accelerated to 80mph, the court heard.

Crash experts said the engine compartment of the Mini had been totally destroyed with the engine and gearbox unit spinning across the road.

Merchant’s Saxo hit one of the boulders dislodged from the dry stone wall which shattered a wheel but the car continued to slide for more than 200m before coming to a stop.

The judge, Lord Tyre, called for background reports and deferred sentence until later in the month.