Steven Clifford Cohen, 58, didn’t see Astrid Yeates, 21, as she crossed the road to catch a bus and ran her over.
Cohen struck Astrid in Ayr Road, in the upmarket Glasgow suburb of Giffnock, on January 18, 2019, leaving her with a fractured skull and brain damage.
Paisley Sheriff Court heard Cohen had not seen Astrid, who was making her way to Strathclyde University to deliver a presentation.
He previously pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by careless driving, in breach of Section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988, and returned to the dock today to learn his fate.
He had been warned he could have been jailed for the offence.
But Sheriff Gillian Craig placed him on a 12-month-long Community Payback Order, telling him to complete 130 hours’ unpaid work and banned him from driving for 15 months.
Prosecutor Harry Finlay said previously: “The incident took place near to the junction of Woodvale Avenue and Norwood Drive.
“The deceased was coming from Woodvale Avenue, where she had stayed the night previously with her family.
“On the day of the collision Ms Yeates was due to give a visual presentation on the scholarship programme at Strathclyde University.
“She was a Masters student at this university.
“The accused is unable to say why the collision had occurred and he was not aware of Ms Yeates’ presence.
“There were shoe scuff marks on the road which identified her body being dragged along the road before it came to a rest.
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“There was damage to multiple areas of the car including the windscreen, bumper and headlight and the adjacent windscreen was smashed.”
She was left with a cut to her thigh, rear skull fractures, and indirect and direct brain damage.
Mr Finlay added: “Examinations show that Ms Yeates was only on the road for between 2.22 and 3.14 seconds.
“Had it not been for the collision, Ms Yeates would not have died.”
The court heard members of the public, including two doctors, rushed to help Astrid as she lay unconscious on the road.
Paramedics rushed to the scene and she was rushed to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance.
But her condition “deteriorated” and she died as a result of a “head injury caused by a road traffic collision”.
The court heard Cohen, of Johnstone, Renfrewshire, had “a long, unblemished record of driving” and was “incredibly remorseful” over Miss Yeates’ death.