Drunk Nurse Mowed Down Schoolboy Then Drove To Work

14/08/2014 16:49 | Updated 22 May 2015
Drunk nurse mowed down schoolboy then drove to work

A drunk nurse who knocked down a 15-year-old boy and left him to die has been jailed for five years and four months.

Heather Butler, 67, ploughed into schoolboy Sam Brown as he and a friend cycled home in the dark at 9pm without rear lights. Her windscreen was smashed and wing mirror removed.

She stopped 200 metres on to remove the bike from her grille, threw it aside and continued on to work less than a mile away without going back to treat Sam or his 15-year-old friend, who suffered a broken shoulder.

Hull Crown Court heard that when Butler arrived at work she was unsteady and slurring her words. A breath-test showed she was two-and-a-half times the legal limit, having drunk a glass of wine and 'three home measures' of gin and tonic.

Judge Mark Bury told her it 'would have been obvious' she had hit the boy and the tragedy was made worse because she was 'going to work caring for people and possibly giving out medication' while drunk.

By coincidence Butler knew the victim's mother because she worked at the same nursing home.

When Butler arrived at the Old School House Nursing Home in Gilberdyke, East Yorkshire, she was asked if she was alright and replied: "No, I think I hit a cyclist."

Two colleagues went out in a car, found Sam and tried to help motorists resuscitate him. He died of head injuries in hospital.

The court heard Butler had been reported for being drunk at work in the past and 'it was rare she did not smell of alcohol'.

A crash investigation found Butler was speeding in her Audi A4 and she did not brake or take evasive action.

In a statement to police, Butler recalled 'seeing a cyclist ahead of me, very close to me, and then I felt the impact at the front of my car'.

She added: "Following the feeling I pulled over and got out. I could not see anything close to my car. I was in a state of panic and thought I should drive to work and report it at work."

Butler, who is married and worked at the nursing home for 18 years, admitted causing death by careless driving while over the limit, failing to report an accident and failing to stop.

She has resigned and is likely to be struck off the nursing register.

In a statement mother-of-four Tracey Brown, 42, said losing Sam was 'unbearable' and described Butler's sentence as 'little more than a slap on the wrist'.

She added: "Sometimes I wish I was not here. The loss is something I will feel for the rest of my life."


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