Family pay tribute to tragic learner driver

Suzanne Harkness
Suzanne Harkness

By Cara Sulieman

THIS is the tragic young learner driver who died in a head-on smash whilst out on a lesson on Wednesday evening.

Suzanne Harkness was driving along the Melrose Bypass with her instructor when she collided with an oncoming car.

The young hopeful, from Galashiels, was last night described by her family as “devoted and hardworking”.

“Deeply missed”

In a statement released through the police, they said: “Suzanne was a devoted, hardworking and loving daughter and sister who was looking forward to settling down with her long term boyfriend.

“She will be deeply and sadly missed by us all.

“We are a close and private family and would appreciate time to come to terms with this tragic event.”

The crash happened shortly after 6pm on Wednesday when the driving school car was involved in a collision with an oncoming Volkswagen Passat.


Suzanne was rushed to Borders General Hospital but she died later that evening.

The driving instructor and the driver of the Passat are still in hospital with their injuries, which police say are not life threatening.

Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses of the accident.

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