A Fife dental nurse who was involved in a fatal car accident that claimed the life of a pensioner has been suspended by a medical watchdog.
Tiegan Carruthers has been given an 18-month suspension by the General Dental Council following a hearing in London.
The 19-year-old was banned on the grounds of “public protection” after she was charged with a number of offences following the accident on October 29.
Linda Dunn, 68, lost her life after the collision which happened near the B&M store in Riverside Road in Leven. The referral to the General Dental Council (GDC) was made on November 3 2017 after Miss Carruthers was charged by Police Scotland.
The decision notice said: “The committee was informed that Ms Carruthers allegedly falsely claimed to have been driving the vehicle, which was her car, at the time of the fatal collision when in fact her partner was driving.
“She allegedly allowed her partner to drive her vehicle knowing he was both disqualified and uninsured.”
Ms Headley, case presenter for the GDC, told the committee that an interim order was necessary despite Miss Carruthers’ alleged dishonesty not taking place in relation to her work.
She submitted that the appropriate period of suspension would be for 18 months to allow for the criminal investigation to conclude.
Carruthers appeared in private alongside her partner Gregg Anderson, then 26, at Kirkcaldy Sheriff Court in the days following the accident, both on a number of charges. No trial date has yet been set.