Dentist Kay Nolan spared jail over fatal Burnley crash

Stuart Mather
Image caption Stuart Mather was walking his dog when he was killed

A driver knocked down and killed a man walking his dog after pulling over to send a text message, a court was told.

Dentist Kay Nolan, 45, of Skipton, was given a 40-week suspended jail term and ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.

She admitted causing the death by careless driving of Stuart Mather, 60, of Barrowford, who was hit by two cars near Burnley on 4 June 2011.

The judge said she would have been jailed but for her "exceptional circumstances".

Nolan, of Merlinwood, Thornton-in-Craven, was banned from driving for a year, ordered to observe a night-time curfew and must also attend a five-day victim awareness course.

'Unblemished licence'

The court was told she had stopped on a lay-by Barrowford Road, Higham, to send a text message.

Nolan, whose dental surgery is in Burnley, pulled out before pushing the send button for the text and shortly after hit Mr Mather who fell into the road.

He was then hit by another car.

Simeon Vaughan-Evans, representing Nolan, said his client was of "good character" and had an unblemished driving licence.

She had also attended to Mr Mather until the ambulance arrived.

Suspending the prison sentence, Mr Justice Singh said he had taken into account Nolan's circumstances that she was the single mother of a 10-year-old child and was also looking after her own mother.

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