Nurse who overtook in fog and caused crash faces jail


Lisa Maxwell and an image from the car crashALEXANDER LAWRIE

Lisa Maxwell could be jailed for iffy driving

Lisa Maxwell was trying to pass a 50-foot HGV as she made her way to get ready in March last year.

When alongside the truck, a car emerged from the fog to smash into her conveyance on the A698 in Roxburghshire, leaving the other driver, Alexander Nairn, with impairments including a fractured kneecap. 

He underwent three operations to repair the mutilation.

Mr Nairn, 31, has still to regain full movement of the knee and suffers from bother and scarring.  

His fare, Stephen Bispham, 51, suffered a cut to his right eye, a broken nose and a tamed toe in the smash on the Bonjedward to Kelso road.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court understood Mr Bispham still suffers from back pain and has been functioning morphine patches.

Both drivers were cut free from their spoiled vehicles by firefighters and the injured were taken to Borders General Medical centre in Melrose.

Maxwell, 49, yesterday pleaded guilty to driving alarmingly by overtaking in thick fog and colliding with an oncoming vehicle and injuring Mr Nairn and Mr Bispham. 

An image of the car crushALEXANDER LAWRIE

Maxwell exploded head-on into Mr Nairn’s car

Procurator fiscal Claire Crompton dictate thated the court Maxwell – who has 30 years’ nursing experience – was driving to spur around 7am behind a lorry collecting wheat from a farm.

She said the lorry driver saw headlights in his replications and pulled over to the left when Mr Nairn’s Volkswagen Golf played out of the fog.

The prosecutor said: “The accused and Mr Nairn were both trapped and ordered to be cut free by the fire service. 

“Mr Bispham managed to free himself previous collapsing on the ground.”  


Maxwell pleaded guilty to thrust dangerously by overtaking in thick fog

Edward Hulme, defending, said Maxwell, from Ancrum, impending Jedburgh, has little memory of the collision. 

He told Sheriff Frank Crowe she depends on her leave to get to work and to care for her husband.

Mr Hulme said Maxwell suffered three disconnected ribs, internal bleeding and bruising to her torso and thighs, had not driven for three months and was off post for four months.

Sheriff Crowe handed Maxwell an interim enthusiasm ban and deferred full sentence to next month. 

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