Prosecutors have ruled that no charges will be brought in the case of a man who died after he was knocked down by a learner driver in snowy conditions.
Tragic Chris Hutchon was struck by the blue Skoda Fabia car as he cleared snow from the ground outside his home on the A93 at the Bridge of Gairn near Ballater.
The car was being driven by a supervised learner driver when it collided with Mr Hutchon leaving him fatally injured at the scene.
The vehicle crashed through a fence at the side of the road and flipped over down an embankment landing on its roof.
Mr Hutchon, 37, had married his 36-year-old wife Kirstine at the farm two years ago and was due to become a dad a few weeks after the tragedy.
Police launched an investigation into the cause of the crash which happened on a snow covered road on January 18.
And today it emerged that the Crown Office had now considered the police report and had decided to close the case.
A Crown Office spokesman said: “The Procurator Fiscal has received a report in connection with the death of a man aged 37 on 18 January on the A93 at Bridge of Gairn, Ballater.
“After careful consideration of the facts and circumstances of the case, Crown Counsel concluded that no further proceedings are required and the investigation is at an end.
“The family have been informed of this decision.”
Mr Hutchon had moved to the Bridge of Gairn Farm with his wife Kirstine from the Falkirk area three years ago. The IT consultant and his partner set up a riding school on the land where she grew up last year.
Mrs Hutchon was heavily pregnant at the time of the tragedy and launched a fundraising campaign to improve emergency medical care in Royal Deeside in the months after his sudden death.
She raised thousands of pounds in her late husband’s name to buy first aid kids for the local community and train volunteers to carry out emergency medical training.
Mrs Hutchon also hoped to buy a portable defibrillator for the community.
A collection was set up at his funeral followed by an internet campaign where family and friends from all over the country donated money to the cause.
She set the target of raising 250 pounds to improve emergency health care in the Ballater area to make sure there was a positive outcome from Mr Hutchon’s death.
But the donations kept rolling in and a total of 7,920 pounds was raised by the deadline at the beginning of March.
The dad-to-be was well known within the Ballater community. He had launched a fitness club and organised discos and tractor lessons for local children after moving to the area.
At the time of the accident, Mrs Hutchon described her partner as a “much loved” husband, son, brother and uncle who was passionate about the outdoors.
She said: “He was a good person and would always help others.
“He had a great zest for life, always pursued his goals and was a very active person.”