Lorry driver accused of knocking down and killing nursery teacher

John O'Donnell allegedly struck Chloe Morrison, 26, near Drumnadrochit in 2019.

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John O'Donnell allegedly struck Chloe Morrison, 26, near Drumnadrochit in the Highlands on October 25 2019.

A lorry driver is to stand trial charged with knocking down and killing a nursery teacher who was walking on the pavement.

John O’Donnell allegedly struck Chloe Morrison, 26, near Drumnadrochit in the Highlands on October 25, 2019.

The 52-year-old, from Inverurie in Aberdeenshire, was travelling from Kilmuir Cemetery on the Isle of Skye.

Prosecutors claim it is there O’Donnell unlocked and used the “outrigger legs” on the loader of the HGV when he was not trained or licensed to do so.

The indictment alleges during the journey from Skye he repeatedly failed to spot these parts were “insecure”.

It is alleged one of the legs was “protruding” and almost hit someone on the A82 at Drumnadrochit.

On the same road, it is then claimed it ended up locked in position and “fully extended”.

The charge states Ms Morrison was struck while on the pavement and that O’Donnell drove over her leg, leaving her fatally injured.

On Thursday O’Donnell’s QC Tony Graham pled not guilty on his behalf to the charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

Lady Stacey fixed a trial due to begin on August 8, 2022 in Inverness.