The mother of a teenager killed in a horrific car accident in Caithness almost five years ago has forgiven the driver responsible for her daughter's death.
Nicola Simpson's life was turned upside down almost five years ago when her 15-year-old daughter was killed when the car she was a passenger in crashed in Thurso on October 6, 2007.
Abigail had been one of five passengers in a car driven by Scott Manson, when it crashed into a concrete pillar.
Manson, who had passed his test only three days before the accident, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and sentenced to two and a half years in jail.
To help cope with her grief Nicola began to write about her feelings. She now hopes her book 'Abigail's Rainbow' can help others who have lost a loved one.
And through her writing, Nicola was able to find forgiveness for the person driving the car that fateful night.
She said: “I met him and he was terribly sorry and very remorseful. He gave me the answers I needed but I still hadn’t forgiven him.
“It wasn’t until a few months later that something just dawned on me that I had forgiven him.
“I wanted him to carry on his life and I wanted him to be happy. That’s when I realised I had forgiven him.”
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