A bus driver who caused the death of a cyclist has been ordered to carry out 180 hours of community service and been banned from driving for a year.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Jill Corps, 42, crashed into cyclist Thomas McKay, 46, while she was at work.
Corps, who was a Lothian Buses driver, was taking a mini-bus to a pre-arranged drop off point when she smashed into Mr McKay, who was on his way home.
The court heard Corps turned right into the path of Mr McKay, who was unable to avoid the collision. He was thrown from his bike and onto the windscreen and roof of the minibus.
The crash was seen by a doctor who was driving behind Corps and he stopped to help Mr McKay from Edinburgh.
Mr McKay, who worked as a taxi driver and was a keen cyclist in his spare time, was taken to hospital and had reconstructive surgery but his condition deteriorated and he died on March 4, 2009.
Corps, from Southhampton, admitted causing the death of Mr McKay and driving carelessly on February 11, 2009, at Sir Harry Lauder Road, Edinburgh.
Defence agent Graeme Runcie said: "She has asked me to say in public how sorry she is for the whole matter and I would like to believe the family accept that apology on her behalf.”
Mr Runcie said Corps was suitable for an alternative sentence to custody as she was of previous good character and had no previous convictions.
Sheriff Isabella McColl said: "Cases of this nature are unusual and very difficult. It is a tragedy whichever way you look at it - a man has lost his life. Culpability in this case was at the lower end of the scale, Corps had a momentary lapse of judgment."
Sheriff McColl said in the circumstances she was prepared to deal with the case by community service as an alternative to custody.