Driver killed 62-year-old on road

Daniel Ian Turner, 21, who works at the Dr Oetker factory in Leyland, killed Irene Salmon as she was crossing a road in Chorley
Daniel Ian Turner, 21, who works at the Dr Oetker factory in Leyland, killed Irene Salmon as she was crossing a road in Chorley
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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, who works at the Dr Oetker factory in Leyland, killed Irene Salmon as she was crossing Bengal Street in Chorley on March 23, 2011.

Sentencing to him three-and-a-half years in prison at Preston Crown Court on Friday, His Honour Judge 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 say they saw Turner slumped with his head resting on the window of his Peugeot 106 in the moments before the crash.

Turner, of Great Wood Close, Chorley, had earlier pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and to two counts of possessing the drug.

The court heard how on the day of the crash, Turner had been with his girlfriend to McDonald’s in Chorley and was heading up the dual carriageway towards Preston as Mrs Salmon was returning home after work with Brother’s of Charity.

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.”

Turner, who had no previous driving offences or convictions, was handed a two year sentence for drug possession to run concurrently, and was also disqualified from driving for three years.

The court heard how a month earlier Turner had been to see his GP about a number of incidents where he had felt dizzy and had blacked out, but had failed to tell doctors about his drug use.