A driver hit and killed a mum-of-two with his vehicle after his windscreen misted up in a horrific incident.
Winston Hagston, 58, had reached down to collect a cloth to clean a misted-up windscreen just seconds before he struck "popular" nurse Allyson Pattison.
Despite the best efforts of a driver behind beeping their horn at Hagston to warn him of the 60-year-old woman crossing the road, Pattison was struck and killed while on her way to meet her best friend at 7:15am.
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Hull Crown Court heard the horrific details of the grisly crash, where Hagston admitted to causing the death of Pattison by careless driving on January 12 last year.
Pattison had been a core member of the nursing profession for 40 years and raised her two sons Alan and Andrew, single-handedly.
Charlotte Baines, prosecuting, said: "Allyson's best friend was Caron. Caron would pick her up daily from the bus stop, which Allyson would walk to. They would often talk about their plans for retirement and travelling abroad was something they wished to do.
The 60-year-old had been walking across a zebra crossing when hit by Hagston's black Dacia Duster.
Baines continued: "It was too late and the front side of the Dacia impacted with Allyson Pattison, throwing her into the air. The Dacia then stopped immediately."
A woman driving in the opposite direction said she heard a loud bang at the time and that Hagston had been approaching the pedestrian crossing too fast, HullLive reported.
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Pattison was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:53am, with Hagston saying he did not see the nurse on the zebra crossing, adding: "My windows weren't de-misted. They all misted up and I didn't see her. They all misted up when I put my heating on.
"It just shows that you don't need to be going fast to kill someone."
Tom Gent, mitigating, said that his defendant was "desperately sorry for his mistakes" and that Hagston was "devastated by the loss he has caused. He has been frustrated by the lack of opportunity to convey his apology to the family of Mrs Pattison."
Sentencing Hagston to jail time of 10 months and a ban from driving of two years, Judge Sophie McKone said: "I accept that your remorse is genuine and deeply felt. I accept you have been significantly affected.
"No sentence can ease the pain of her family. No sentence can demonstrate how invaluable her life was."
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