A man has admitted to driving without insurance when he struck a motorcycle and injured the driver on a north-east road.
Philip Edwards appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday to face two charges relating to an incident on the B9170 Methlick to Tarves road on August 24 last year.
He had previously admitted to causing injury to Karen Dyce by attempting to overtake a vehicle on a dip in the road and colliding with her motorcycle as it approached in the opposite direction.
The court heard her bike was smashed into two pieces and she landed 12 metres away after flying through the air.
She said afterwards she was unable to feel her legs and was found to have a fracture to her right leg and left shoulder after being transported to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
Edwards admitted yesterday he had been without insurance at the time of the incident.
His solicitor, John McLeod, revealed the 36-year-old had recently swapped cars with his brother.
He said: “My client was employed in the oil and gas industry, but after the recent downturn swapped vehicles with his brother, but then they swapped back.
“He had been insured to drive another vehicle with the permission of the owner, but his brother had not sorted this on the Audi A5 he was driving.
“He accepts he should have checked.
“He has been left traumatised by the incident.
“He phoned the emergency services and cooperated fully with the police when they arrived.”
Sheriff Morag Mclaughlin deferred sentence to find out more about the extent of Ms Dyce’s injuries.
Edwards, whose address was given as 11 Collonhillock, Methlick, Ellon will appear back in court on February 28.