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Driver of coal lorry charged after fatal collision on Valentine's Day

A LORRY driver whose vehicle crashed into the side of a house and killed a woman has been reported to prosecutors over alleged road traffic offences.

Catherine Bonner, 55, died when the HGV collided with her home on the A78 in North Ayrshire on Valentine's Day last year.

One wall of Ms Bonner's two-storey home in Fairlie, near Largs, was reduced to rubble in the collision with the coal lorry. She was trapped under rubble while her partner Jim McColl sustained minor injuries.

Yesterday it emerged the 53-year-old lorry driver had been reported to the procurator fiscal over the incident. He has been accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

After the collision, the Fairlie Safe Roads and Pavement Campaign was established and has lobbied the Scottish Government over concerns about the A78 in the area.

They called for 20mph limits on the road through Fairlie, following a detailed assessment of the type and volumes of traffic, driver behaviour and speed.

Residents had complained of a high volume of lorries, driving to and from the Hunterston Coal Terminal, on the narrow stretch of the A78 through the village.

The articulated lorry belonged to Robert Thompson and Son, a haulage company based in Carluke.

The driver is believed to have been heading to Hunterston to make a collection.

It is not known if a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) will be held into the tragedy.

Cunninghame North MSP Kenneth Gibson said: "I'll contact The Lord Advocate's office in light of this news to see if he will now consider a FAI."

A Crown Office spokesman said: "The Procurator Fiscal has received a report in connection with the death of a 55-year-old woman in Fairlie, North Ayrshire, on 14 February 2013.

"The investigation into the death, under the direction of Scottish Fatalities Investigation Unit, is ongoing and the family will be kept updated of any significant developments."

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