Moment ex-soldier, 51, speeds through town before he killed nurse
Moment drunk ex-soldier, 51, speeds through town minutes before he killed mother-of-two nurse, 50, in horror smash after careering along pavement for 130ft at 50mph in his Land Rover – as he is jailed for nine years
- Craig Mossop, 51, careered along a pavement in Bolton at more than 50mph
- He then ploughed into mother-of-two Susan Jackson, 50, killing her instantly
- Shocking footage shows Mossop losing control of his 18-year-old Land Rover
- Mossop was today jailed for nine years at Bolton Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to five driving offences, including death by dangerous driving
A drunk soldier who killed a mother-of-two nurse in a horror smash was today jailed for nine years – as shocking CCTV showing his reckless driving minutes before the incident is revealed.
Craig Mossop, 51, careered along the pavement at more than 50mph in Bolton before ploughing into mother-of-two Susan Jackson, 50, killing her instantly.
Ms Jackson was on her way to the gym to meet her husband, who found out the devastating news when he rang her mobile and a police officer answered.
Mossop was today jailed at Bolton Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to five driving offences, including death by dangerous driving.
The court heard how Mossop began a seven-mile journey in his blue Land Rover TD4 from his partner’s house in Wigan to his home address in Bolton on August 23.
Shocking footage shows Mossop – who was driving with no licence or insurance – losing control of his 18-year-old Land Rover, which had faulty brakes.
Mossop is seen driving recklessly as he approaches Chorley Street in Bolton where Susan – a nurse of 30 years – was meeting her husband after a run.
Craig Mossop, 51, careered along the pavement at more than 50mph before ploughing into mother-of-two Susan Jackson, killing her instantly
Mossop (left) was today jailed for nine years at Bolton Crown Court after previously pleading guilty to five driving offences, including death by dangerous driving. Pictured right: Susan Jackson
Moments earlier, he is seen entering White Lion Brow and nearly collide with the railings on the opposite side of the road.
He then mounts a kerb after failing to negotiate the bend from Spa Road.
When travelling down Chorley Street, Mossop was again on the pavement and remained there for around 131ft before hitting Susan at 53mph in a 30 zone.
He failed to stop and later struck a 36 year-old man in the pedestrian island and caused serious injuries.
Members of the public stopped Mossop from driving away after he had tried to reverse back on the road – nearly hitting the pedestrian a second time.
He was detained by passers-by until police arrived on the scene and arrested him.
His breath sample at the police station read 51 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath – over twice the legal limit.
The daughters of nurse Susan Jackon, who was killed in a hit-and-run by a drunk ex-soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder, have described him as a ‘monster’. Pictured: Mrs Jackson with her husband Graham Lockett
Cops charged him with causing death by dangerous driving; causing serious injury by dangerous driving; drink driving; driving with no insurance; driving with no driving license.
Jailing him for nine years, the Honorary Recorder of Bolton, Judge Martin Walsh said: ‘You took the conscious decision to drive an unroadworthy vehicle dangerously at a time when your ability to drive it was impaired by the consumption of alcohol.
‘The consequences were catastrophic.
‘This was a prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving of an unroadworthy vehicle aggravated by the consumption of alcohol.
‘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.’
Susan’s heartbroken family attended court for the sentencing hearing and her husband Graham paid tribute to his ‘soul mate’.
He said: ‘Sue was a wife, mother, sister, Aunt, friend and nurse.
‘Sue had 30 years of nursing experience and was a specialist nurse treating those with lung cancer. She was well respected by her colleagues and loved by her patients.
Emma, 22, and Sophie Jackson, 21, said their mother Susan was ‘so strong and loved by family and friends, and gave joy and love’
‘I now have to live without my soulmate and Sue’s girls have to live without their mother, having already lost their dad. Our lives will never be the same again.
‘Craig Mossop acted selfishly and irresponsibly. He drove whilst drunk and killed Sue.
‘His prison sentence is insufficient to the sentence we have as a family and for taking a life that was so precious.
‘We will never offer forgiveness to him. He has taken away the most important person in our lives.
‘We do have a future as a family and we won’t fester away with hatred or bitterness. We will live the rest of our lives enriched by having loved and being loved by Sue.’
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Emma Kennedy, of Greater Manchester Police, said: ‘Mrs Jackson’s husband received the most unimaginable news that his wife had been killed just a few yards away from where they were due to meet that terrible day and then had to return home to inform Mrs Jackson’s two daughters, whilst supported by the police.
Mrs Jackson, 50, died when Mossop’s car (pictured after it hit the mother) mounted the pavement and hit her at 52mph as she walked to a gym
‘Mrs Jackson’s family have acted with dignity and respect which is in contrast to the behaviour displayed by Craig Mossop that day; he showed no regard or respect for other road users, pedestrians and the law.
‘Mrs Jackson and Mr Devaney were pedestrians and should have been safe on the pavement and at a pedestrian crossing.
‘But instead, both were mown down by this dangerous driver as he mounted the pavement and drove at Mrs Jackson at 53 mph then drove through a pedestrian island and collided with Mr Devaney.
‘I would like to thank the members of the public who provided first aid and those who stopped Craig Mossop from trying to drive away.
‘That day was a warm, sunny afternoon and it shows that those who drive after drinking alcohol are not confined to night-time driving or drink-driving over the festive period.
‘Drivers need to consider the effects of drink-driving and think again when deciding to drive after having an alcoholic drink.
‘The impact on innocent victims, their families, people who witness these events and also the impact on their own families is just not worth the risk.’
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