Man jailed after fatal road crash

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A GREETLAND lorry driver was jailed for 16 months after admitting causing death by careless driving.

Mark Sutcliffe, 45, of School Street, was also disqualified from driving for 18 months by Judge Jonathan Rose at Bradford Crown Court.

Susan Jones, 58, of Saddleworth Road, Greetland, suffered fatal head injuries when her Ford Focus was hit by Sutcliffe’s speeding 14-tonne lorry which went out of control on a bend near the Flappit Quarry, Cullingworth, last August.

Mrs Jones was a quality assurance manager at Elland-based Joseph Dobson and Sons.

Sutcliffe’s lorry was said to have been travelling at 53 mph on a wet road as he passed an existing road sign warning drivers to reduce their speed.

Judge Rose expressed concern that a “slippery when wet” sign had still to be erected despite a police request and ordered council officers to explain the delay.

‘’It is beyond my comprehension, why, if that unusual road surface was given to unusual slipperiness, an appropriate warning had not previously been put up, and it remains incomprehensible to me that even 16 months after this accident a sheet of metal with the words slippery when wet or something similar has not been affixed,’’ said Judge Rose.

Judge Rose described Mrs Jones as a loving and caring mother, wife and daughter.