A NURSING student killed a 13-year-old girl when she “fell asleep” at the wheel of her car and drove onto the sidewalk.
Gardene De Carvalho, 43, was working three full-time jobs when she visited Victoria Carson in East Barnet, north London.
The trainee nurse was found guilty of causing the teenager’s death by dangerous driving at Wood Green Crown Court on Friday.
She was given a three-and-a-half-year sentence, but with a 16-month reduction due to her “prior good character”, the Metropolitan Police said on Saturday.
The student was also banned from driving for four years.
Ms De Carvalho rammed the teenager, who was walking along the sidewalk, with her Fiat 500 on June 29, 2020.
Police said nursing student Ms De Carvalho had worked around 440 hours – or 15 hours a day – in the month before the crash.
She was in her second year of a nursing degree at university and did a work placement at a London hospital.
In addition to this, she had two other full-time paid jobs, one working nights in a nursing home and the other as a private caregiver during the day.
She regularly drove her car for her various jobs – despite not having the right insurance coverage.
During her trial, Ms De Carvalho said she had ‘passed out’ just before the collision and had ‘no memory’ until shortly after.
The charge was that she had fallen asleep at the wheel due to her excessive working hours.
Detective Sergeant Matt Smith said: “De Carvalho seemed to feel entitled to drive in London regardless of his ability to drive.
“Her refusal to take responsibility for using the roads safely resulted in the death of a young girl, and my thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Victoria’s family.
“This tragic case should serve as a reminder to all drivers. It is your legal responsibility to ensure that you are fully fit to drive and do not put yourself and others at risk. Failure to accept this responsibility may destroy lives and lead to your imprisonment.”
Paying tribute to their ‘beautiful daughter’ after her death, the girl’s parents, Gary and Roxana Carson, said: ‘Victoria was dearly loved by so many of her friends with whom she shared many interests including caring for cats and play tennis.
“Victoria’s smile, laughter and energy will be deeply missed, but our beautiful and generous daughter will forever be in our hearts.”