An ex-soldier who killed a mum-of-two in a horror crash outside a gym has been jailed for nine years.
CCTV caught the moment Craig Mossop’s Land Rover had mounted the pavement on all four wheels just seconds before ploughing into Susan Jackson 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.
The 50-year-old, who was unlicensed and uninsured, was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court
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.”
Judge Walsh told Mossop, of Hartington Road, Bolton, that ‘no sentence that a court can impose could reflect the value of the life that was lost and damaged by his conduct’.
The judge added: “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.”
Ms Jackson, 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.
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’.
Ms Jackson’s husband, Graham Lockett, was waiting inside the gym when a police officer answered his wife’s phone and told him what had happened.
In a moving impact statement, Mr Lockett said the events of the day were still ‘etched in his mind’.
He revealed the guilt he had felt about not being with his wife when she died.
But he told Mossop: “I have reached the point that I am not going to feel guilty any longer.
“I have decided that you should be burdened with this guilt alone.”
Ms Jackson, 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.
The court heard that Mossop had spent the afternoon of August 23 at the home of his partner in Hindley, Wigan.
After leaving, he drove the Land Rover six miles towards Bolton town centre, travelling along Deane Road and then on to Spa Road.
The vehicle was in a ‘poor state’ at the time with faulty brakes and no insurance.
Meanwhile, its MOT had expired several months earlier and Mossop was not in possession of a driving licence.
As he 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.
Ignoring the red light, he drove straight through the five-way junction and almost hit a BMW.
The court heard he appeared to be heading up Chorley Old Road before swerving left at the last minute and colliding with John Devaney, who was standing by a set of traffic lights begging.
The impact lifted Mr Devaney up on to the bonnet of the Land Rover which then smashed into a wall on the opposite side of the road.
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.
He spent several days in an intensive care unit as a result of his injuries.
Mossop was arrested by police and a breathalyser test taken three hours following the crash showed he had 51 mcg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Mossop, who has 17 previous convictions for 37 offences including a number which are driving-related, has since admitted causing death by dangerous driving; causing serious injury by dangerous driving; and driving a vehicle while over the alcohol limit.
He also pleaded guilty to driving without a licence or insurance.
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.
After witnessing a friend being killed, he left the service but had since struggled with drink and drugs.
As well as being jailed, Mossop was also disqualified from diving for 14 years and must take an extended test before getting behind the wheel again.