Motherwell man in court after death crash

Darren Ferris was remanded in custody at Hamilton Sheriff Court.
Darren Ferris was remanded in custody at Hamilton Sheriff Court.

A man has appeared in court after a Motherwell mum was hit and killed by a car while walking her dog.

Linda Carson died less than five minutes walk from her home in Gresham View on Sunday evening.

Her husband, Robert, and daughter, Gemma (11), rushed to the scene in Muirhouse Road, but it’s understood Linda (44) was already dead.

Police said it appeared the driver of a silver Ford Mondeo lost control and mounted the pavement outside Grange Tower.

Darren Ferris (24), who lives in Grange Tower, appeared in private at Hamilton Sheriff Court yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

He was charged with killing Linda by driving in a culpable or reckless manner or, alternatively, causing death by dangerous driving.

It’s also alleged that Ferris was over the drink limit, drove while banned and fled the crash scene.

Solicitor Kevin McCarron made no plea on his behalf. Ferris was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court again next week.

The tragedy happened shortly after 8pm. Neighbours said Linda was seen regularly walking the little family terrier.

A woman who was playing bingo in a nearby church hall said: “We heard a loud bang and ran outside. People were already there trying to help. I saw the poor woman on the ground - she wasn’t moving.”

Damage could be seen to brickwork near the entrance to Grange Tower.

People at the scene were able to contact Linda’s husband through a phone number attached to the terrier’s collar.

A neighbour said: “He and his daughter rushed up the road. What a horrendous thing for them to go through.”