Jail for Goldthorpe driver who caused woman's death

By Dave Doyle | 12/10/2017

Jail for Goldthorpe driver who caused woman's death

A MAN has been jailed for over two years and banned from driving for six months after he admitted killing a woman by careless driving.

Ian Forward (37), of Lindale Gardens in Goldthorpe, appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on Friday.

He was imprisoned for two years and three months, after pleading guilty to causing death by careless driving, failing to stop, failing to report a collision and driving without a valid licence or insurance.

Forward’s car collided with pedestrian Marie Cross (36) while driving in Thurnscoe last October.

Ms Cross suffered serious injuries in the crash, from which she later died.

While on police bail for this, Forward (pictured) was arrested again in January 2017 for two drug driving offences.

He appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, July,25, where he received an 18-month driving ban.

Further to these crimes, he also pleaded guilty to two counts of driving without a valid driving licence or insurance.

For these he was disqualified from holding or obtaining a driving licence for 12 months and handed a £120 fine.

His October sentence, following a long police investigation, was two years and three months for causing death by careless driving.

PC Andrew Brown, who led the investigation, said: “He gave no thought to the victim’s family as he continued to act above the law and put other members of the public at risk by committing further offences.

“This has been extremely distressing for the Miss Cross’ family, who have had to endure a lengthy investigation and I hope they are able to seek some closure from this outcome.

“I’m glad he has now been punished for his actions and I hope this demonstrates our commitment to identifying and working to bring offenders before the courts.”

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