Drink-drive killer to be sentenced

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Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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A drink-driving 18-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to causing the death of a cyclist as he took part in a charity bike ride will be sentenced today.

Bethany Mackie drove into Christian Smith from behind and failed to pull over until more than 400 yards up the road, police said.

Mr Smith, 38, was struck as he tried to complete the last leg of a 248-mile ride across Kent and Sussex within 24 hours in aid of the mental health charity Mind.

The father of three, from Boughton Aluph, Kent, died when his bicycle was hit by Mackie’s blue Peugeot 206 car on the A2990, near Chestfield, on March 22 – just two hours from the finish.

More than £82,000 has been raised on Mr Smith’s JustGiving webpage since the fatal crash – eclipsing his £1,000 target figure.

Last month Mackie, who was more than twice the legal drink-drive limit at the time, admitted at Canterbury Crown Court causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.

Mackie, of Beltinge Road, Herne Bay, will face sentencing at the same court from noon in front of Judge Adele Williams. She was handed an interim driving ban and is on bail.

Published: Friday 19th December 2014 by The News Editor

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