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Nurse Jailed for Fatal Christmas Hit-and-Run Struck Off

Nurse Jailed For Fatal Christmas Hit-and-Run Struck Off

A nurse who was sentenced to jail for her involvement in a fatal hit-and-run incident on Christmas Eve has been formally struck off from the profession.

Nurse Jailed For Fatal Christmas Hit-and-Run Struck Off

Katrina Mahoney, a mother of two, was convicted of causing the death of 82-year-old Ron Fealey while driving under the influence of alcohol. The tragic incident occurred when Mahoney, more than double the legal alcohol limit, struck Fealey, a retired church treasurer, on a zebra crossing as he was returning home from a Christmas Eve service.

Nurse Jailed For Fatal Christmas Hit-and-Run Struck Off

Despite fleeing the scene initially, Mahoney later returned and claimed to have consumed only “one Malibu and Baileys” before the accident. Mr. Fealey, who suffered a brain injury in the collision, succumbed to his injuries two days later in the hospital.

Nurse Jailed For Fatal Christmas Hit-and-Run Struck Off

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) conducted a hearing to determine Mahoney’s fitness to continue practising as a nurse. During the hearing, it was revealed that Mahoney, a band six nurse at the time of the incident, failed to provide assistance to Mr. Fealey and instead chose to drive away, only returning to the scene ten minutes later.

Nurse Jailed For Fatal Christmas Hit-and-Run Struck Off

Mahoney’s barrister, Thomas Buxton, argued that Mahoney was addressing her alcohol problems and expressed remorse for her actions. However, the panel found her behaviour to be a breach of the fundamental principles of the nursing profession.

Nurse Jailed For Fatal Christmas Hit-and-Run Struck Off

As a result, Mahoney has been struck off from practising nursing. While an interim suspension order has been granted for 18 months to allow for a potential appeal, Mahoney’s nursing career has effectively come to an end.

Nurse Jailed For Fatal Christmas Hit-and-Run Struck Off

Speaking on behalf of his late father, Mr. Fealey’s son, Mike, described him as a caring and special individual who had dedicated his life to nursing and caring for others. He emphasized the devastating impact of Mahoney’s actions, highlighting the tragic consequences of irresponsible decision-making.

The case serves as a sobering reminder of the profound consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and the importance of upholding professional standards in healthcare.

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