Ex-soldier kills mum-of-two in 50mph hit and run while over drink-drive limit

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An ex-soldier has been found guilty of killing a mum-of-two while behind the wheel over the drink-drive limit.

Craig Mossop's Land Rover mounted the pavement, hitting Susan Jackson who had been on her way to meet her husband.

The nurse died at the scene after suffering from multiple injuries on August 23.

Ms Jackson, 50, had been on her way to the gym to meet her partner when the horrific crash occurred.

The specialist nurse who worked at the University Hospital of South Manchester had been on a run and was crossing the road towards David Lloyd gym in Bolton when she was hit.

Mossop, 52, failed to stop and ran a red light before smashing into another person, reports Manchester Evening News.

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

Her husband, Graham Lockett, was still waiting at the gym and was growing increasingly concerned about his wife.

After making several calls to her mobile phone, a police officer eventually answered,

He told Mr Lockett to go outside the gym, where he then discovered his wife had been killed.

In a moving impact statement which he read out in court, Mr Lockett said the events of the day were still 'etched in his mind'.

He said the pair met ten years ago, several years of Ms Jackson's first husband took his own life, and that the period since had been 'the happiest years of his life'.

"Our lives will never be the same," he said.

"No Christmases, anniversaries, nor engagements, marriages, or births.

"I am overwhelmingly sad and my heart feels broken."

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As Mossop tried to negotiate a hairpin bend from Spa Road on to Chorley Street, the Land Rover ended up on the wrong side of the road, avoiding colliding with another vehicle by a 'matter of seconds'.

Once around the corner, he accelerated before mounting the kerb and careering into Ms Jackson.

After hitting her, Mossop failed to stop and continued along Chorley Street towards the junction with Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road.

The court heard he appeared to be heading up Chorley Old Road before swerving at the last minute and colliding with Mr Devaney, who was standing by a set of traffic lights begging.

Police investigators believe Mossop was driving at an estimated 18mph at the time, with the impact lifting Mr Devaney up on to the bonnet of the Land Rover which then smashed into a wall on the opposite side of the road.

Witnesses said Mossop appeared to be 'fighting to control the car' while the windscreen had been smashed following the collision with Ms Jackson.

Mr Devaney, who was known to Mossop having previously lived opposite him, was left with serious injuries, including a fractured spine, ribs, nose and a punctured lung.

After being arrested by police, Mossop took a breathalyser test three hours following the crash and was found to have 51 mcg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.

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

After witnessing a friend being killed, he had left the service but had since struggled with drink and drugs.

Mr Friend added: "There is a sad irony for a man who entered the British Army in order to protect the public now being responsible for the death of a member of the public."

Mossop, of Hartington Road, Bolton, is due to be sentenced on Monday (November 16).

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