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Probation for sleeping driver Adam Docherty over death crash

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Image caption The court heard that Adam Docherty fell asleep seconds before the fatal crash

A Fife motorist who fell asleep at the wheel seconds before his car crashed into another, killing the driver, has been put on probation for two years.

Adam Docherty, 28, admitted causing death by careless driving on the A92 Glenrothes to Dundee road last month.

He has also been disqualified from driving for three years.

George Izatt, 54, from Methil, had been driving back from a fishing trip with friends at about 05:35 on 22 August 2010 when he was killed in the crash.

The passengers in Mr Izatt's car - Jason Farmer, William Scott and Charles Williams - were seriously hurt.

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Image caption George Izatt died as a result of the crash

Docherty, who appeared in court with crutches, was also badly injured and his passenger and cousin, Patrick Docherty, was also hurt.

Passing sentence at the High Court in Edinburgh, judge Lord Uist said Dochery had already been punished by what he had had to suffer.

He told the 28-year-old: "It is probably not going too far to say your life has been shattered by the physical and psychological injuries which you have had to endure since the accident."

Lord Uist said Docherty, from Kennoway, had accepted full responsibility for the "terrible" event and had shown great remorse.

He said Docherty had fallen asleep "due to lack of proper rest in the proceeding 24 hours".

He was holding down two jobs and also helping with Army cadets at the time of the incident, and had been "seriously sleep deprived" when his car crossed to the opposite side of the road.

Advocate depute Andrew Brown QC told the court Docherty was "a hardworking and positive member of society".

He added: "Regrettably his work ethic played a part in the present offence."

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