Drink-driver who killed mum-of-two in crash after mounting pavement jailed

An ex-soldier was drunk when he killed a mum-of-two in a horror car crash outside a gym.

Craig Mossop sent Susan Jackson careering 30 metres into a wall on the other side of the road when his Land Rover mounted the pavement at more than 50mph.

He then left her for dead as he continued driving the vehicle, which had faulty brakes, for another 400 metres before crashing into another pedestrian, Manchester Evening News reports.

The 50-year-old, who was unlicensed and uninsured, was jailed for nine years at Bolton Crown Court on Monday, November 16.

Sentencing Mossop, Judge Martin Walsh criticised his "prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving".

He added: "You had little or no regard for the welfare of others and the decision to drive showed a flagrant disregard for the rules of the road.

"You took a conscious decision to drive an unroadworthy vehicle dangerously at a time when your ability to drive was impaired by the consumption of alcohol.

"The consequences were catastrophic."

Susan, 50, had just been for a run when she was on the way to meet her husband at the David Lloyd gym in Chorley Street, Bolton, on the afternoon of August 23.

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But as she crossed the road outside the club, she was struck by Mossop's Land Rover.

The impact of the crash saw Ms Jackson flung 30 metres into a wall on the opposite side of the road.

She suffered "multiple injuries" and died almost immediately.

A forensic pathologist said she would "not have known anything about the impact".

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Susan, a nurse of 30 years, was working as a specialist lung cancer nurse at the University Hospital of South Manchester prior to her death.

In a moving statement, her youngest daughter, Sophie, branded Mossop a "monster" and said he had "taken everything away" from her.

After hitting her, Mossop ignored a red light to drive straight through a five-way junction where he almost hit a BMW before smashing into John Devaney, who was standing by a set of traffic lights begging.

Mr Devaney spent several days in an intensive care unit as a result of a fractured spine, ribs, nose and a punctured lung.

Mitigating, Mark Friend had previously told the court that Mossop was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving two tours of duty in Northern Ireland during The Troubles.

As well as being jailed for nine years, Mossop was also disqualified from driving for 14 years and must take an extended test before getting behind the wheel again.

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