A Dundee nurse has admitted killing a cyclist whom she smashed into head-on as she tried to overtake a lorry.
Jessica Hedley tried to save David Christie by giving him first aid at the side of the road following the collision on the A92 near Freuchie, Fife.
Hedley had been trying to overtake a truck around 4.30am on February 21 last year when she hit Mr Christie, who was travelling home to Ladybank after going to an all-night garage.
A trial at Dundee Sheriff Court heard the 49-year-old was riding a bike equipped with a light and was wearing a high-visibilty yellow tabard when the crash occurred.
Hedley had initially denied causing Mr Christie’s death by careless driving but pleaded guilty on the second day of her trial.
However, a sheriff told Hedley she would not face jail over the death.
Crash investigators found he had been just two feet from the kerb on the correct side of the road at the point of impact with Hedley’s Vauxhall Corsa fully in the opposing carriageway. A jury heard when paramedics arrived shortly after the smash they found Hedley giving Mr Christie first aid.
He was then rushed to Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy where he was found to have multiple fractures throughout his body as well as “substantial” bleeding on the brain.
Mr Christie died five days later.
Hedley, 25, of Craigard Road, Dundee, initially pleaded not guilty on indictment to a charge of causing death by careless driving but today she admitted driving without due care or attention and overtaking a lorry when it was unsafe.
She failed to observe Mr Christie riding his bike on the opposing carriageway.
Defence solicitor Ross Donnelly said: “She would extend her sympathies to the family of Mr Christie.”
Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work reports and released Hedley on bail meantime. He said: “This is a case which should be dealt with by a community order, probably an order for unpaid work.”
Hedley was disqualified from driving ahead of sentencing.