Killer driver jailed

Killer driver Shane Hampson
Killer driver Shane Hampson

A SPEEDING motorist who caused the death of a Wigan dad has been jailed for four years.

A judge told Shane Hampson, 23: “This collision was the culmination of a prolonged piece of aggressive, arrogant and selfish driving in which you had been indulging as if you owned the road.”

Hampson, of Lime Grove, Skelmersdale, had been driving his father’s Volvo at 80mph in the outside lane of a dual carriageway when John Gregory, from Winstanley, pulled out to overtake a slow moving car.

Hampson was driving too fast to avoid a collision and “went for a gap that wasn’t there,” said Eric Lamb, prosecuting.

He drove into the space between Mr Gregory’s Chrysler people carrier and the offside kerb.

His front wing hit the rear offside of the Chrysler and spun it round.

It then struck the offside of the Audi in front, swerved towards the central reservation and spun off the road. It flipped into the air, came to a stop upside down in bushes on the embankment and Mr Gregory was thrown out.

The 49-year-old father-of-two, who had not been wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries. The Volvo, which had had its front nearside wheel torn off in the collision, had passed both vehicles and stopped further up the road.

Hampson denied causing death by dangerous driving, but was convicted after a trial by Liverpool Crown Court.

The tragedy occurred on Grimshaw Road, Skelmersdale, on February 18 last year.

Jailing him and banning him from driving for four years, Judge Clement Goldstone, QC, the Recorder of Liverpool, said Mr Gregory, who also had three step-children, had been travelling at the 50mph speed limit when he pulled out to overtake.

He told Hampson: “You were travelling in the inside lane as he did so and your speed was so fast that you were unable to take evasive action.”