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Lucy Ashton will spend 12 months in jail (Image: Merseyside Police)

Lucy Ashton, 24, knocked Jennifer Dowd off her bicycle in a “rush” as she was late for work and left the lady for useless. A court docket heard Ashton, a care help worker, was “not focused on her driving” after being up till 2.30am arguing together with her boyfriend.

Ms Dowd, a project supervisor for the NHS, was discovered unconscious and bleeding on the highway. The 31-year-old newlywed was put in a coma however died 9 days afterward October 6 final year from “unsurvivable head injuries”.

Liverpool Crown Court heard the crash occurred on a “bright, clear, dry, sunny Sunday morning” and she or he was carrying a helmet and vibrant pink clothes as she cycled on a rustic lane close to her house, Liverpool Echo reports.

Ashton finally returned to the scene close to Sefton Village, Merseyside, after the crash and was arrested. She later admitted inflicting dying by careless driving and failing to cease.

She was jailed for 12 months on Tuesday and banned from the roads for 18 months.

Jennifer Dowd

Jennifer Dowd died after being hit by a car in Sefton Village (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Sentencing Ashton, Judge David Aubrey, QC, mentioned: “Two families suffer, two families continue to suffer and their lives in different perspectives will never be the same again.

“A wonderful life has been minimize brief simply as the longer term seemed filled with hope.

“I’m satisfied you were in a rush to get to work or at the very least your mind was not focused on your driving.

“You have been in fact not preserving any or any correct lookout.

“If in any way you were affected by the low sun, it was your responsibility to drive slower, or even stop.

“The inescapable conclusion is had you been paying even average consideration you’ll have seen her.”

Jennifer Dowd

Ms Dowd was a ‘shining beacon’ for the NHS (Image: Liverpool Echo)

But the judge acknowledged Ashton’s “real regret” and said she had “a lot to supply the care sector” and helped vulnerable people.

“One of these references was out of your mom. Rightly she can’t comprehend how the deceased’s household are feeling having lost their treasured daughter,” the judge continued.

“You are understandably treasured to your mum and she or he speaks of you and the way it’s affected day by day of your life.

“Others speak of you in glowing terms and also you being a shell of a person, having lost the zest of life and being broken.”

No one witnessed the crash however two residents noticed Ms Dowd mendacity stricken in the highway afterwards, and rushed to her assist.

Paramedics discovered the body and again wheel of her specialised bike “completely buckled” and dashed the lady to A&E.

Scene of crash in Sefton

The accident occurred on a rustic lane in Merseyside (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Robert Dudley, prosecuting, mentioned Ashton drove for round 4 minutes, then phoned her boss and returned to the scene. She rang a colleague, whose flat she then went to in Bootle, Merseyside.

Mr Dudley mentioned when she arrived she stored saying: “What am I going to do?”

He mentioned: “She said the sun had been in her eyes and she thought she had hit a person.”

Ashton then rang police and when officers arrived, mentioned: “I’m so sorry, I just panicked.”

When interviewed she mentioned she had heard a “bang”, then seemed in the mirror and noticed a bicycle owner, however panicked and drove off.

Ashton mentioned when she returned there have been “loads of people” so she drove off “to get her head together”, which was mistaken, however she was “so scared”.

Alex Di Francesco, defending, mentioned there was no proof Ashton, of Sefton Village, had pushed at an “excessive speed”.

The defendant’s boss Helen Fagan mentioned: “Lucy is very remorseful over what has happened and would never deliberately cause hurt to anybody. She is devastated as to the hurt that’s been caused.”

The court docket heard the offence fell “not far short of dangerous driving”.

Paying tribute to Ms Dowd, Judge Aubrey mentioned: “She had recently married her wife Sam. She was a beloved daughter, granddaughter, sister, aunt, friend and colleague.

“She labored as a project supervisor for the NHS, about to be promoted, labored with susceptible folks, had a vibrant career forward of her, and was a shining beacon, standing for equality, range and equity.”

Samantha Brighton, who had just married Ms Dowd, said: “Jennie’s dying is the least outstanding factor about her. I wish to let you know in regards to the influence of her love, pleasure, kindness and good nature on my life, earlier than her dying.

“Jennie and I met in South Africa in 2015. What are the chances of two people who lived 8,000 miles apart, finding each other and discovering they were the ones they’d always been searching for?

“We have been engaged 11 months later – married three years after that. I moved my whole life from South Africa to nest with Jennie in Liverpool, a metropolis I now proudly name house.

“In this time, Jennie held me, supported me, lifted me up and championed me in every way. She had an innate ability to make you see yourself through her beautiful green eyes.

“Jennie challenged me to be the very best model of myself, whereas additionally accepting me and others simply as we’re. What a talent.”

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