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Fife dental nurse who lied about crash that killed OAP faces watchdog hearing

The scene of the incident/Gregg Anderson and Tiegan Carruthers.
The scene of the incident/Gregg Anderson and Tiegan Carruthers.

A dental nurse who lied to cover for her uninsured boyfriend after he mowed down and killed a Fife pensioner is set to face a health watchdog.

Tiegan Carruthers, 22, claimed she was behind the wheel when Gregg Anderson, who was speeding while driving without a licence or insurance, struck Linda Dunn as she tried to cross a road in Leven, Fife.

She was seen in the aftermath of the crash screaming hysterically, saying she was “going to jail”, and later said she had been blinded by sunlight before striking Miss Dunn, 68.

An investigation revealed it was actually Anderson – who was driving the Mazda at almost double the 20mph speed limit – who was responsible for the crash in October 2017.

Police on the scene after the white Mazda hit Linda Dunn.

The pair were charged and pleaded guilty to a range of driving offences at Edinburgh High Court the following year.

Carruthers, of East Wemyss, Fife, was suspended by the General Dental Council (GDC) the day after she was charged over the death of Miss Dunn.

She is now set to face a full hearing of the GDC in December which will rule on her fitness to practice and what action, if any, needs to be taken.

The panel has the power to suspend or strike her off the dental register.

She is currently suspended on an interim order after it was ruled necessary to “protect the public” and ensure confidence in the profession was not “severely damaged” if she was allowed to continue working before a hearing could take place.

The temporary ban is in place until May 2021.

Woman avoids jail while man gets six years after lying to police following fatal crash at Fife retail park

She has failed to engage with any of the disciplinary proceedings against her so far.

The High Court heard that Carruthers told police she could not see anything before Miss Dunn struck the bonnet of the car and then the windscreen.

She told her insurance company police had told her it was not her fault and she would not be charged.

Her boyfriend claimed she had been driving at less than 20mph because of the low lying sun, but CCTV revealed the truth.

Anderson, of East Wemyss, was jailed for six years and banned from driving for seven-and-a-half years while she was handed 225 hours of unpaid work and put under supervision for two years.

Judge Lord Uist told her only her age and lack of record had saved her from a prison term.

Carruthers admitted permitting Anderson to drive without him having appropriate insurance.

She also admitted pretending to Direct Line Insurance that she was the driver at the time of the fatal collision, and inducing the insurer to provide her with a courtesy car through fraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Anderson admitted causing the death of Miss Dunn by driving dangerously, at excessive speed and failing to observe the pedestrian.

He also admitted driving without insurance and a licence.

Additionally, he pleaded guilty to attempting to defeat the ends of justice by providing false information to police stating that Carruthers was the driver in a bid to avoid detection and prosecution.

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