|Man jailed for fatal collision - Wigan
A man has been jailed for killing a 19-year-old woman in a collision in Wigan.
Robert Johnston (born 27/6/88) of Snowden Avenue pleaded guilty to causing the death of Phillipa Campbell by dangerous driving and causing death by unlawful driving at Liverpool Crown Court.
Today, Monday 10 May 2010, Johnston was sentenced to five and a half years in prison. He has also been disqualified from driving for seven years.
Johnston and Phillipa left the Liquid nightclub in Wigan town centre at about 3am on Friday 28 August 2009, following a night out.
The pair were seen getting into Phillipa's MG sports car, which Johnston was driving.
Witnesses described the car driving at excess speed as it approached the 'Skew Bridge' on Warrington Road (A49) in Newtown.
Johnston lost control of the car and collided with rail barriers and the garden walls of two houses.
The emergency services attended the scene and both Phillipa and Johnston had to be cut free.
Phillipa was taken to Wigan Royal Infirmary where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
Johnston himself stayed in hospital for several weeks, having suffered injuries to his head and body.
In police interviews, Johnston admitted that he was not insured to drive the car.
Police Constable Paul Hailwood said: "This incident led to the tragic death of a young, popular woman who was looking forward to going to university.
"We hope that Phillipa's family find some consolation that justice has been done for the dangerous driving that caused her death.
"While Johnston has been sent to jail today for five and a half years, he will have to live with what he has done for the rest of his life."