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Couple lied to police after woman was struck by car and died at Fife retail park

The scene of the incident/Gregg Anderson and Tiegan Carruthers.
The scene of the incident/Gregg Anderson and Tiegan Carruthers.

A woman who lied by claiming that she was the driver of a car that fatally collided with a pensioner and her speeding boyfriend who was driving the vehicle without a licence or insurance were yesterday warned they faced “a day of reckoning”.

Tiegan Carruthers, 19, was seen after the crash that killed Linda Dunn, 68, screaming and crying and saying she was “going to jail”.

The dental nurse told police she was driving in blinding sunlight and said: “I couldn’t see anything. Then she hit off the bonnet first, then the windscreen, then off. I went into shock and my partner grabbed the wheel and pulled the car to the side.”

Carruthers later maintained to insurers that she was the driver and got a courtesy car after telling them: “The police have already told me it’s not my fault and there’s nothing for me to worry about but I’m not going to get charged with anything against me.

“It’s a complete accident and the lady walked out in front of me.”

Her partner Gregg Anderson, 26, who was driving at nearly double the speed limit of 20mph, told police: “Tiegan was driving slowly perhaps at 20mph or less because the sun was very low and dazzling.”

He said that after the collision she could not open her door so he climbed over and opened it and got out “her side”.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard that when police began examining CCTV from Leven town centre following the fatal crash on October 29 last year they realised that Anderson had been driving the Mazda car.

Emergency services were quickly on the scene of the fatal accident near the Riverside Retail Park.

Police made a press appeal for witnesses and members of the public came forward and gave information that a man was the driver with a female passenger.

Warehouseman Anderson was interviewed again by police and accepted that he drove part of the car journey that day but persisted that he was not the driver at the time of the collision.

His girlfriend was also questioned and initially claimed that she was the driver but after she was presented with contradictory evidence she said Anderson was driving.

Advocate depute Alex Prenctice QC told the court: “The truth being that the accused Carruthers permitted Anderson to drive without a licence or insurance, that she repeatedly gave the police false information and deceived Direct Line into providing her with a courtesy car.

Woman dies after being struck by car near Leven retail park

“The accused Anderson drove the car dangerously, without a licence or insurance and he repeatedly provided false information to the police regarding his role in the matter.”

Gregg, of Alexander Street, East Wemyss, Fife, admitted causing the death of Miss Dunn by driving dangerously at excessive speed and failing to observe the pedestrian crossing Aitken Street, in Leven. He also admitted driving without insurance and a licence.

He further pled guilty to attempting to defeat the ends of justice by providing false information to police stating Carruthers was the driver in a bid to avoid detection and prosecution.

Carruthers, also of Alexander Street, admitted permitting Carruthers to drive without him having appropriate insurance.

She also admitted pretending to insurers that she was the driver at the time of the fatal collision and inducing the firm to provide her with a courtesy car and obtaining the use of it by fraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

She had already been suspended by the General Dental Council because she was a risk to the public.

Mr Prentice said Miss Dunn of Kinnarchie Cresecent, Methil, died from head and chest injuries. The judge, Lord Uist, adjourned the case for the preparation of background reports on the pair and imposed driving disqualifications until their date of sentence.

He said he would continue bail until then and added: “You should each be aware that will be the day of reckoning.”

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