A young driver who killed a 62-year-old care worker as she was crossing the road was suffering from the after-effects of drug known as bubble.
Daniel Ian Turner, 21, of Great Wood Close in Chorley, killed Irene Salmon as she was crossing Bengal Street in the town on March 23, 2011.
Sentencing to him three-and-a-half years in prison at Preston Crown Court yesterday, His Honour Judge Christopher Cornwall said Turner had deprived his body of sleep in the two days prior to the crash after taking bubble, a slang name for class B drug mephedrone.
Witnesses said they saw Turner slumped with his head on the window of his Peugeot 106 in the moments before the crash.
Turner, who works at the Dr Oetker factory in Leyland, had earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and two counts of possessing the drug.
The court heard how on the day of the crash, Turner was driving towards Preston as Mrs Salmon was returning home after work.
Judge Cornwall said: “Certainly the consequences of you having taken the drug on the Monday and Tuesday means you had deprived your body of the sleep it required.
“After the effect has ended there is a period of opposite reaction characterised by fatigue and reduced physical performance.
“Mrs Salmon had finished work at the care home for adults with special needs.
“As she crossed the road the car moved from the nearside lane to the off side lane and . . collided with Mrs Salmon.”
In a statement read in court, Irene’s sister, Audrey Bolton, said: “I hope Mr Turner realises the devastation he has caused. He might as well have killed me too that day.”
Turner, who had no previous driving offences or convictions, was disqualified from driving for three years.