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Man guilty of causing death of 11 year old girl in Radcliffe

|News, Driving offences

Andrew Cairns, 36, from Radcliffe has been found guilty of causing the death by dangerous driving of 11-year-old Ruby Cropper on 10 August 2020.

At approximately 4.30 pm Andrew Cairns was driving home from work in a Suzuki Alto along New Road, Radcliffe when he struck Ruby Cropper who was crossing the road. 

After colliding with her, he continued to drive to his home, leaving Ruby fatally injured in the road. 

Anthony Stanway for the CPS said: "Andrew Cairns tried to play down his culpability on this tragic case by offering a guilty plea to causing death by careless driving. However we presented evidence to the court including CCTV and independent witness accounts proving that his actions were not simply momentary lapses of care or attention. 

"He in fact partook in a deliberate course of conduct by ignoring the speed limits of the roads, and whilst driving at excess speed for a significant period of time he overtook several other vehicles. By doing so, he failed to take proper consideration for other road users, in this case a vulnerable young pedestrian.

"This case underlines the devastating consequences of engaging in this type of driving, I would like to offer my sincere condolences to the family of Ruby Cropper and all those who have been affected by this tragedy."

Notes to editors

Anthony Stanway is a Senior Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West

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