Husband vows to never forgive drink driver who killed his ‘soulmate’ wife
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A husband has pledged to never forgive the drink driver who killed his 'soulmate' wife.
In a heartbreaking tribute Graham Lockett said his wife Susan Jackson was a 'well respected' nurse who was loved by her patients, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Her death left her two children without either of their parents as her first husband – their dad – previously took his own life.
Ex-soldier Craig Mossop was jailed for nine years after admitting causing the death of the mum-of-two when his Land Rover ploughed into her outside a gym in Bolton.
Sentencing the 50-year-old on Monday, Judge Martin Walsh slammed his 'prolonged, persistent and deliberate course of very bad driving', which resulted in 'catastrophic consequences'.
Graham Lockett (left) pledged to never forgive the killer of his wife Susan Jackson (right)
(Image: Susan Jackson/ Cavendish Press (Manchester) Ltd)
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CCTV released by police show Mossop's driving prior to him mounting the pavement and striking Mrs Jackson at more than 50mph.
One clip, taken moments prior to the crash, shows Mossop trying to negotiate a hairpin bend from Spa Road on to Chorley Street.
As the Land Rover struggles to brake, it overshoots the turn and ends up on the wrong side of the road.
It narrowly avoids crashing into another vehicle by seconds.
Once around the corner, Mossop then accelerates and can be seen driving along the pavement.
Mrs Jackson was a 'well respected' nurse loved by her patients
(Image: MEN MEDIA)
Bolton Crown Court heard that the vehicle was in a 'poor state' at the time with faulty brakes and no insurance.
Meanwhile, Mossop was also driving without a licence.
Following Mossop's sentencing this morning, Mrs Jackson's husband Mr Lockett, released a tribute to his wife.
The pair first met ten years ago, several years after Mrs Jackson's first husband took his own life, and they lived together along with her daughters, Emma and Sophie.
In a statement issued via Greater Manchester Police, Mr Lockett 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.
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“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.”
Mossop drove recklessly around Bolton before hitting the mum
Mrs Jackson, 50, had just been for a run when she was on the way to meet Mr Lockett 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.
Mrs Jackson flew 30 metres into a wall in the crash
She suffered 'multiple injuries' and died almost immediately.
A nearby resident, James McKay, heard the crash and rushed to help Mrs Jackson by delivering first aid along with a member of gym staff.
Meanwhile, Mr Lockett was still waiting inside the health club and, growing increasingly concerned that his wife had not arrived yet, tried to phone her.
A police officer eventually answered and told him to come outside.
It was then that he discovered what had happened.
Bolton Crown Court heard that Mossop, an ex-soldier who served in Northern Ireland, had spent the afternoon at the home of his partner in Hindley, Wigan.
The mum suffered multiple injuries and died almost instantly
After leaving, he drove the Land Rover six miles towards Bolton town centre, travelling along Deane Road and then on to Spa Road.
It was at this point that he lost control of the vehicle as he tried to negotiate the hairpin bend.
While travelling along Chorley Street, Mossop mounted the pavement and remained there for about forty metres before hitting Mrs Jackson.
Rather than stopping, he left her for dead and continued to drive for another 400 metres before crashing into another pedestrian, John Devaney, who was left with serious injuries.
CCTV cameras at the junction of Chorley Street, Chorley Old Road and Chorley New Road captured the moments leading up to the second crash.
Ignoring a red light, Mossop can be seen driving straight through the busy junction and narrowly avoiding hitting a BMW.
He appears to be heading in the direction of Chorley Old Road before swerving at the last minute and colliding with Mr Devaney, who was standing on a central reservation begging.
Mossop's 'reckless' driving only came to an end when the Land Rover then smashed into a wall on the opposite side of the road.
Members of the public managed to stop him from driving away and he was arrested at the scene.
The ex-soldier did not stop to check on Mrs Jackson
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A breathalyser test taken three hours after the crashes revealed Mossop had 51 mcg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Mossop, of Hartington Road, Bolton, was jailed after admitting causing death by dangerous driving; causing serious injury by dangerous driving; driving a vehicle while over the alcohol limit; and driving without a licence or insurance.
Detective Constable Emma Kennedy, of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, 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’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."