A university student was killed when traffic lights fell on him as he waited to cross a road, a court heard.
Gordon Jackson, 70, pleaded guilty to causing the death of Andrew Robertson by careless driving after he struck the kerb and caused the signalling post to fall on the 20-year-old.
Nottingham Crown Court heard how the pensioner was attempting to pull into another lane at too acute an angle when he caused the collision close to where the University of Nottingham student was standing.
Judge Sally Hancox, at Nottingham Crown Court, said there was no need for Jackson, from Stoke-On-Trent, to perform the manoeuvre which took place on the A52 near Lenton.
“Your driving fell below that of a careful and competent driver,” she said, before handing him an 18-month community order and a 15-month driving ban.
Jackson surrendered his licence and was reported to have said: “I don't think I really should have been driving and, to be honest, after what happened today, I don't think I will be driving again.”
His barrister, Malcolm Galloway, told the court how Jackson had no memory of the collision.
"Within a couple of minutes after the event, he was texting his partner saying he'd had a blackout and 'I think I have killed someone'," he said.
Judge Hancox said it was a continuing tragedy for the second-year biochemistry undergraduate's family who was described as "strong, smart, independent, kind and caring".
James Thomas, prosecuting, said Jackson's vehicle had no defects and there was no evidence he had drunk alcohol or was using a mobile phone. He also said there was no evidence to suggest a medical cause for the defendant to pass out.