Dangerous driver jailed for Stretford hit and run

22/12/2016

A 33 year old man has today been jailed for six years at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court for causing death by dangerous driving of 59 year old Susan Smythe on Chester Road, Stretford on 9th September 2016 just before 10pm.

Paul Tomlinson collided with Susan Smythe as she crossed the road at a pedestrian crossing.  He then sped from the scene leaving her seriously injured on the road along with a collection of debris from his car.  He was traced by police to his home address.  He later refused to partake in alcohol level tests at the police station.

He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to causing death by dangerous driving, failing to stop after a road accident and failing to provide a specimen of breath.

Gail O'Brien, Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West said: "This is tragic case involving the death of a woman who was crossing the road safely at a pedestrian crossing due to Paul Tomlinson's dangerous driving.

"Tomlinson partook in a series of dangerous manoeuvres, overtaking and undertaking other vehicles at speed and had a near miss with a car a short time before he hit Mrs Smythe.

"He showed no signs of slowing down as he approached the crossing and even after his car threw her in the air, he proceeded to drive at speed from the scene leaving her on the road with catastrophic head injuries which proved to be fatal.

"Paul Tomlinson that night showed complete disregard to the safety of the passenger in his car, other road users and pedestrians. His irresponsible and reckless actions in how he drove that night and then leaving the scene of this fatal accident have had a devastating impact on the family and friends of Mrs Smythe who are left mourning the loss of their loved one. My thoughts are very much with them at this time.

"The CPS and police will continue to work together to bring before the courts those who put the lives of others at risk by not driving safely on our roads."