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Driver killed world-famous Cambridge scientist after ‘forgetting to look’

A driver who killed a world-renowned biologist after forgetting to look when she pulled out will not serve time in prison.

Emma Featherstone, of Eachard Road, Cambridge, was driving her car along Sun Street at around 9.15pm on November 29 in 2017.

She came to the junction onto Newmarket Road where she then struck cyclist Dr Tony Whitten as he crossed the road.

The 64-year-old, of Gilbert Road, suffered injuries so severe that he died at the scene.

Featherstone was interviewed at the scene by police and admitted being the driver of the car but claimed she “just didnt see” the cyclist.

She made the same admissions later in a further voluntarily police interview in March last year.

She said she turned right at the junction while in first gear and at no point noticed Dr Whitten.

Dr Tony Whitten (Image: Fauna and Flora International)

A collision investigation report concluded Featherstone had failed to look adequately before pulling out of the junction and she was later charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving.

Featherstone pleaded guilty at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday (July 15) and was handed a 12-month community order, a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 150 hours of unpaid work, meaning she will not serve jail time.

She was also disqualified from driving for 18 months.

PC Paul Gale, who investigated, said: “Its incredibly sad when we have to attend incidents where drivers have made a mistake resulting in tragedy.

“It is vital that people drive in a safe, considerate way in order to prevent awful instances like this occurring in the future.

Eyewitness picture of emergency crews on the scene of Newmarket road collision between car and male cyclist

“We attend these kinds of incidents far too often and many are completely avoidable.”

Tributes poured in for the world-renowned wildlife expert who was killed in the crash.

Dr Whitten was Asia-Pacific regional director for Fauna & Flora International (FFI) based in Cambridge.

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