"Isolated offending entirely out of character, on one occasion, with terrible, terrible and tragic consequences." That's how Judge Tony Snell described the actions of Rotorua general surgeon Dr Blaithin Page at her Rotorua District Court sentencing yesterday. Her work focuses on lengthening and saving lives, but on an overcast and drizzly morning last spring she made a driving mistake that took the life of an adored and widely known Good Samaritan, Francisca Hawkes-Buchanan. Hawkes-Buchanan's family spoke exclusively to the Rotorua Daily Post afterward the court case.
Sam Hawkes would see his grandmother, Francisca, every day as a child - she