Mum slams crash driver’s sentence

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THE mum of a Blackpool woman who died in a horror crash today blasted the justice system insisting she would have “thrown the book” at the car’s driver.

Gina Bailey’s daughter, Roseanna Cooper, was one of two passengers who died after the car they were travelling in crashed into a brick wall on Fleetwood Road in Anchorsholme.

Roseanna Cooper

Roseanna Cooper

The driver, Scott Sutcliffe, is today waking up behind bars after being jailed for three years and 10 months for causing death by dangerous driving.

But devastated Ms Bailey, 43, said: “You can’t cause the death of two people and get away with it.

“Roseanna was beautiful.

“If I had been the judge I would have thrown the book at him.

“He got off lightly, he’ll be out in two years.

“It should have been a higher sentence. I would have given him 52 years for the two lives.

“He did show remorse in court but I don’t want people out there thinking they can rule the road and get away with it.

“They were all to blame, they were all in the car.

“But he was the driver and should have been more responsible.”

Seven young people had crammed into the yellow MG Rover which was being driven by Sutcliffe.

Miss Cooper, 21, of Dinmore Avenue, Grange Park, was lying across her friends on the back seat when the crash happened around 5.45am on June 7 last year.

The tourism and leisure student at Blackpool and The Fylde College suffered multiple injuries and died at the scene while another passenger Nathan Weston, 23, from South Shore, died in September as a result of his injuries.

Sutcliffe, 21, of Skitham Lane, Pilling, appeared at Preston Crown Court for sentencing yesterday after previously pleading guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

As well as being jailed, he was also given a six year driving ban.

Miss Cooper’s grandma Barbara Taylor, of Normandie Avenue, Bispham, said: “It is two lives that have been taken.

“The sentence is very lenient,

“Has he learnt his lesson from it? “No matter how much you talk to them about the dangers on the road, the situation doesn’t change.

“They think the world is theirs and they can do what they want.

“We think about Roseanna a lot. What happened is something you never forget.

“Even after 12 months, you are still living with it.”

Mr Weston, who worked at a Promenade hotel, was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital suffering from a punctured lung following the crash.

He remained in the intensive care unit at the hospital when he died as a result of the injuries in September last year.

PC Steven Fitzer, from Blackpool road policing, said: “The maximum capacity for Sutcliffe’s car was five people, but he had allowed two extra people to squeeze in to the vehicle, making it dangerously overloaded.

“As the group travelled through Anchorsholme, someone made a call for a stop at a garage and Sutcliffe made a last minute decision to take a turn, which caused him to lose control and crash into the wall.

“That decision had devastating consequences and sadly two young people have lost their lives.

“It is vitally important drivers adhere to the number of people who can safely travel in their vehicle and that seat belts are worn at all times.

“Safety should always be at the forefront of your mind.”