A Moray woman killed in a car crash on the north-east’s busiest road was described last night as a “dedicated mum” and a “doting granny”.
Jamesina Stewart died at the scene of the two-vehicle smash on the A90 Aberdeen-Fraserburgh road.
She was on a day out with her family when tragedy struck.
Ms Stewart, who was known as Ina to her friends, had recently moved to a new home in Elgin’s Sandstone Drive with her partner David Smith.
The 57-year-old was out with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren for a pre-Mother’s Day get-together when the accident happen near the Toll of Birness junction just north of Ellon.
Her family said yesterday they were grieving the loss of a “dedicated mum and loving person”.
In a statement they said: “Jamesina Stewart, also known as Ina, was a loving daughter, mum and granny who had been on a day out with her daughter, son-in-law and two grandchildren as a pre-Mother’s day visit.
“We are heartbroken and devastated that such a dedicated mum and loving person could be taken from us in such sudden and tragic circumstances.”
Long-term partner Mr Smith said the incident had come as a “massive shock”.
The family also expressed their gratitude to other motorists who rushed to help Ms Stewart in the immediate aftermath of the crash.
They said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the public who provided assistance at the scene of the accident.
“And we are extremely grateful to the paramedics and fire service for all their efforts.”
Family members also praised the police officers who handled the incident for their sensitive approach.
The news of Ms Stewart’s death sent shockwaves around the Elgin community.
One neighbour said: “This is quite a new estate, and we’re all just getting to know each other.
“But Ms Stewart was well-liked, it’s a crying shame something like this has happened.”
Friends took to social media to express their condolences.
Susan Halliwell wrote: “RIP Ina, a finer quine you couldn’t meet.”
Lynn Mitchell added: “This is so sad, what a fantastic wife, mum and gran she was.”
The accident involving the Renault Megane Ms Stewart was travelling in and a Vauxhall Meriva happened shortly before 2pm on Saturday.
Ms Stewart was pronounced dead at the scene, and five other people were taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with serious injuries.
Investigating officer Sergeant Neil Morrison, appealed to anyone who could help piece-together the circumstances of the crash to contact the force.
He said: “Our thoughts are with Ms Stewart’s family at this very difficult time, but I would also like to express my thanks to those motorists who stopped at the scene offering assistance and first aid.
“While our inquiries are continuing, I would urge anyone who witnessed the collision and who has yet to come forward to telephone 101 as soon as possible.”