AN ELDERLY motorist killed a woman and left another with "life-changing injuries" following a "dreadful tragedy" in a supermarket car park.

Pauline Cove hit two women then ploughed into a cash machine after her Peugeot 206 mounted pavement at Morrisons in Totton.

Doris Lush, 86, later died in hospital meanwhile, her granddaughter Rebecca, 22, suffered "life-changing" leg injuries, a court heard.

Cove, 78, of Hounsdown Avenue, Totton had been travelling at 25mph before "propelling [Doris] into the air at speed" on July 12, 2018.

Salisbury Crown Court heard that the likely cause of the accident was Cove misapplying her feet on the car pedals.

She had previously been convicted of causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving following a trial at Southampton Crown Court.

Prosecution barrister, Rosemary Burns, told how Rebecca Lush was left hospitalised for six weeks and even underwent skin grafts.

A victim impact statement read out in court said how she now fears going out by herself and has concerns for her future career.

Meanwhile, a statement from her mother, Allison, who witnessed the event, said watching the crash unfold was like "a knife to the stomach".

Allison suffered from PTSD after the incident and described herself as "zombie-like, struggling to deal with the loss of [her] mother-in-law".

Defending, Ian Bridge told the court that his client is sorry for what happened and how the event had impacted her mental health.

"She wishes she was not there and not the responsible one", he added.

Judge Mr Justice Garnham said a "beautiful summer’s day in Totton ended in the most dreadful of tragedies".

Mitigating factors included Cove's age, her disabilities, previously impeccable driving record and good character.

She was jailed for 18 months, suspended for two years.

Cove was disqualified from driving for five years, but Mr Bridge assured the court that Cove "will never drive again".