A man has denied playing a part in a Tayside road crash which claimed the life of a 29-year-old mother-of-three.
Stewart Findlay is accused of aiding and abetting Kelly Ann McGettigan to drive on a rural road between Forfar and Brechin earlier this year, while she was unfit through drink or drugs, in the lead up to the single vehicle accident.
The 30-year-old will face trial early next year in connection with the accident on the B9134 on April 20.
Ms McGettigan died after the Audi A4 she was travelling in left the road on a Saturday night.
Findlay, of the Old Steading, Tannadice made an appearance at Forfar Sheriff Court where he denied three charges.
He is accused of aiding or abetting Ms McGettigan, now deceased, to commit an offence against Section 4 (1) of the road traffic act, namely causing the driver of the car to do so while unfit through drink or drugs.
Findlay has also pled not guilty to causing or permitting Ms McGettigan, from Montrose, to use the vehicle without insurance or a licence.
Trial was set for February 3, with Findlay due to appear back in court in mid-January for an intermediate diet in the case.
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews from Brechin attended the incident at around 10.15pm on the Saturday night
Police Scotland reported at the time that the accident involved slight injury to a 30-year-old man who received treatment at the scene.
In tributes paid by her parents following the tragedy, Ms McGettigan, who had three boys under the age of ten, was described as “the best mummy in the world”.
Her mother, Diane Fyvie, joined hundreds of online tributes by saying: “You will never be forgotten by your boys cause we will talk to them about what a great mummy you were.”
She added: “Life is never going to be the same again without you in it.”
Ms McGettigan’s father, Michael, 51, said breaking the news of his daughter’s death to their oldest grandson had been the hardest thing he had ever had to do.
“I’ve never before had to do anything so dreadful,” he said.
“I’ll probably have to have the conversation with the little ones again when they get older.”
Donations later poured in to a crowdfunder set up by Ms McGettigan’s sister, Kayla, to assist with funeral costs.