Wagon driver: I’m to blame for road death

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A 45-year-old lorry driver will be sentenced next month after he admitted causing the death of sweet-factory employee.

Mark Sutcliffe, of Greetland, admitted causing the death of 58-year-old Sue Jones by careless driving when he appeared at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.

Sutcliffe, of School Green, had denied the more serious allegation of causing death by dangerous driving at an earlier hearing.

Yesterday prosecutor Richard Gioserano confirmed that his guilty plea to the alternative charge was acceptable. Mrs Jones, who worked as a quality assurance manager for Elland-based Joseph Dobson and Sons, died in August last year after a collision between her Ford and a lorry in Halifax Road, Cullingworth.

Mrs Jones, of Saddleworth Road, Greetland, was described as an extremely dedicated and conscientious member of staff.

She died from her injuries after being taken to Leeds General Infirmary following the collision on August 24. Recorder Neil Davey QC agreed to an adjournment of Sutcliffe’s case so that a pre-sentence report could be prepared by the probation service.

But he warned the defendant not to draw any conclusions from the granting of bail and the request for a report.

“All sentencing options. including imprisonment. remain open,” the judge added.

Sutcliffe will have to return to the crown court on December 13.