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Mum admits her over-limit driving caused OAP's death

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

A ST COLUMB mother has admitted causing the death of a pensioner by careless driving when under the influence of alcohol.

Tamara Milby, of St James View, appeared at Truro Crown Court on Friday where she pleaded guilty to having caused the death of 77-year-old Margaret Doherty while over the prescribed limit.

Mrs Doherty, of Tresillian, was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital on Thursday, June 6, last year, after a two-car collision in Summercourt, but died in the early hours of the following day.

Her 78-year-old husband, George, the former vice-chairman of St Clement Parish Council, was also taken to hospital following the crash.

The Dohertys' silver Nissan Almera was travelling from the direction of Newquay towards the A30. Milby was driving a Peugeot 307 on the A3058 at the time of the collision and she was found to have had 118mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

The legal limit is 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.

Mike Gregson, for the defence, said Milby had medical problems at the time. He said: "Mrs Milby has no previous convictions. She is a young mother of three children."

Judge Eric Salomonsen adjourned the case to January 31 for the preparation of a pre-sentence report on Milby. Milby was given an interim disqualification from driving, pending sentence.

At the time of her death, Mrs Doherty, was described by friends as a family-orientated woman, who had previously been actively involved in a number of community groups.

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