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Woman jailed 38 months over fatal SA crash

AAP logoAAP 21/10/2016

An Adelaide mother who was drug affected when she hit and killed a cyclist with her car has been jailed for five years.

Samantha Magdaleine Farrer, 40, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and leaving the scene of the crash, south of Adelaide, in December 2013.

The body of mother-of-three Kathleen Heraghty, 48, was flung against the windscreen of the car and Judge Gordon Barrett told the District Court on Friday that Farrer must have known she had at least seriously injured someone.

When stopped by police, Ferrer said she thought she had hit a pole but Judge Barrett said that was not true and Farrer knew it wasn't true.

He said she had been distracted at the time, mostly likely because of the methamphetamines she had taken.

"This was not an unavoidable accident," the judge said.

Farrer had asked for a suspended sentence because of the effect going to jail would have on her 15-month-old son.

"Children thrive best in a safe and loving environment," defence counsel Gilbert Aitken told the court during sentencing submissions.

"(He could develop) poor self-worth, a belief that others are unreliable, that the world is unpredictable, and that no one's there to care for him," he said.

At the time of her death Ms Heraghty had been training for a local triathlon with her husband

Judge Barrett said Farrer had expressed her regret over the incident but had not acknowledged her guilt and was appealing her conviction.

He imposed a non-parole period of three years and two months.

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