A lorry driver has been jailed after his failure to secure a crane that caused the death of a young mum in Altrincham.
William Stewart aged 25 from Birkenhead was sentenced to four and a half years in prison and banned from driving for seven years for causing death by dangerous driving at Preston Crown Court today Sept 29.
It was on June 4 last year that Natalie Thorpe was at a pelican crossing on Dunham Rd in Altrincham, on her way home from work that the tragic incident happened.
Stewart drove around the corner in a flat-bed lorry, one of the cranes legs extended to its full 6ft length and collided with Natalie throwing her in to the road.
His Flat bed truck continued a short distance along the road where crane hit a vehicle before stopping at the junction of Groby Road.
Emergency services were called but Natalie was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.
Inquires revealed Stewart has been involved in a number of incidents in a work vehicle, including demolishing a customer’s wall during a delivery and hitting a member of the public’s vehicle and failing to stop.
He had been dismissed from his company and was in his first week in a new job when this tragedy occurred.
Following the collision the vehicle was inspected and it was found that the crane has been packed away incorrectly and was not correctly secured.
PC Paul Joyson of GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit said: “This tragic incident has taken the life of a young women due to the negligence of William Stewart, and has robbed an innocent child of their chance to grow up knowing their mum.
“Stewart committed a catalogue of errors and ignored the safety procedures expected of a LGV driver and a crane operator.
“The sentence can never make up for the pain Natalie’s family have endured but I hope this can help to offer them closure.”