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Driver killed woman after row with his girlfriend then sped off

A dad has confronted a hit and run driver who killed his daughter as he was jailed for seven years.

Laurence Crossan, 28, hit Emma Galton, 24, so hard at a set of traffic lights that her body was sent flying 85ft up the road.

Her family were in court to see Crossan being sent down but left the court when harrowing CCTV footage was played at Manchester Crown Court.

Emma Galton was looking forward to the future and hoped to moved to Spain to teach English (Picture: MEN)

Addressing Crossan directly, Emma’s dad David called him a coward saying: ‘Due to your reckless and selfish actions, my family has been changed irrecoverably.

‘That fact that upon hitting Emma, you carried on and showed no signs of slowing, let alone stopping, shows great cowardice and that your concern was only for your own welfare.

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‘I very much hope other families don’t have to go through what we have been made to go through.’

Crossan killed Emma shortly after having an argument with his girlfriend then driving off in a temper.

He weaved through traffic and ran red lights before hitting her then driving off.

Emma died at 9.30pm on June 28 in Manchester city centre where she had been living since graduating from Chester university.

Emma’s dad called her killer a coward as he addressed him in court (Picture: MEN)

Crossan sped over two pavements, a grass verge and a cycle lane then sped towards the pelican crossing.

The lights were on red and Emma was in the road when he jumped them, hitting her showing no signs of braking or slowing down.

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Prosecutor Charlotte Crangle said he was driving at up to 42mph on the 30mph piece of road.

Witnesses went to her aid using wheelie bins to cordon off the area but she was declared dead upon arrival at hospital.

Miss Crangle said Crossan showed a ‘total and cynical disregard for a woman who was seriously injured’.

She was killed by Laurence Crossan who drove in a rage after an argument with his girlfriend (Picture: MEN)

Crossan’s car was found abandoned near his ex-girlfriend’s home in Reddish, Stockport.

Police visited her house and found his clothes along with a key for his car but he had done a runner.

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Three days later he handed himself in but answered ‘no comment’ throughout an interview.  He showed no emotion as he was jailed for seven years and four months.

Emma grew up in Bristol and graduated with a degree in Spanish before getting a job at a translation job in Sale, Trafford.

She had dreams of moving to Spain where she wanted to teach English.

Her father David said her death had left a ‘hole’ in his family’s lives and that their ‘shock and disbelief had been replaced with a slow acceptance of the situation.’

But he said they would ‘never truly come to terms’ with her untimely death.

Judge Stockdale said no satisfactory explanation had been given for Crossan’s ‘appalling’ driving.

He said: ‘Emma Galton was a happy, healthy young woman. A talented young linguist who had plans to go to Spain to teach English to children. She had her whole life to look forward to.

‘Nothing I say or no sentence I pass can turn the clock back or begin to recompense those people affected.

‘Your driving was appalling and was manifestly extremely dangerous. You failed to stop and drove dangerously again.

‘You showed a total and cynical disregard for the condition a young woman you knew must be seriously injured.

‘You knew you had hit a pedestrian. Why you drove as you did is scarcely explained. You said you saw a police car who may have had pursued you. But there was no police pursuit.

‘These courts are not naive and there remains a suspicion that you were intoxicated either through drugs, or through drink.’

As well as his jail term, Crossan was given a five year driving ban and will have to take an extended re-test when he is released.

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