Man who drove through red light in Wilmslow killing pedestrian receives suspended prison sentence

The collision took place at around 5.39pm on Monday 4th February 2019.

Prior to the incident Bacon had been at the Unicorn public house in Dean Row.

After leaving the pub he drove his silver Peugeot 206 towards Wilmslow on Dean Row Road.

As he approached the junction of Pinewood Road Bacon sped up and overtook another car in an attempt to get through the oncoming traffic lights before they turned red.

However, Bacon misjudged the timings and subsequently hit 46-year-old Samantha Jones, as she was crossing the road.

Due to the nature of the collision officers were unable to calculate the exact speed that he was travelling at. However, a nearby motorist stated that they believed he was exceeding the 30mph speed limit.

The impact of the collision caused Samantha to be thrown into the air before landing on the road.

Samantha sustained a number of serious injuries and sadly, despite the best efforts of paramedics at the scene, she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following today's sentencing Police Constable Geraint Williams, from Cheshire Constabulary's Roads Policing Investigations unit said: "Driving is a privilege, not a right and when you get a licence you agree to follow the rules of the road.

"In this case it is clear that Bacon was flouting those rules. In his defence he claimed that he couldn't see Samantha as it was too dark. But that fact of matter is that he choose to deliberately speed up and drive through the lights, rather than wait for just 30 seconds,

"As a result of that decision a 46-year-old woman is now dead.

"Samantha's family have been absolutely devastated by her death and I hope that the conclusion of this case will allow her family to start to rebuild their lives.

"If anything can be achieved from Samantha's death I hope that it acts as a warning to other motorists that the decisions you make behind the wheel can change not only your life but that of others. Keep that in mind when you're behind the wheel."