Teenager jailed for 6 months after OAP killed in crash

Russell Graham outside Dundee Sheriff Court. Picture: Alan Richardson
Russell Graham outside Dundee Sheriff Court. Picture: Alan Richardson
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A farmer who killed a pensioner in a road crash following what another motorist called a “dangerous and reckless” manoeuvre has been jailed.

Russell Graham, pleaded guilty to causing the death of 73-year-old Catherine Armitt in Freuchie, Fife, in February last year.

Graham was driving a tractor towards nearby Kettlebridge when he pulled out from the junction of a minor road on the main A92 road without stopping.

Despite the clearly marked stop sign at the junction Graham drove his New Holland tractor straight into the path of a Ford Fiesta being driven by Mrs Armitt’s daughter, Angela Packer, 48.

She tried to take evasive action and slowed from 40mph but ploughed into the side of the tractor.

Mrs Armitt was left with fractures to her ribs, spine and sternum as well as bruising to her heart and lungs and died the following day from her injuries.

Members of both Graham’s and Mrs Armitt’s family wept as the 19-year-old was sentenced to prison for six months at Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday.

One witness told police at the scene of the crash: “He drove straight across the junction - he never stopped or anything. He came flying out – it was dangerous and reckless.”

Defence advocate Susan Duff said: “He is a decent young man who made a very bad momentary error of judgment.”

Sheriff Elizabeth Munro said: “I am satisfied this was careless driving falling not far short of dangerous driving and carries a custodial sentence.”