Stoke & Staffordshire

Woman lost baby after A500 lorry collision

Samuel Bailey Image copyright Staffordshire Police
Image caption Samuel Bailey pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving

A lorry driver who was using a mobile phone when he crashed into pregnant motorist, causing her to lose her baby, has been jailed.

Samuel Bailey hit 44-year-old Helena Cartlidge's Vauxhall Astra while she was in queuing traffic on the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent.

She was seriously injured in the crash in February and went on to lose her unborn child, Estella, police said.

Bailey was jailed for 40 months for dangerous driving.

He pleaded guilty at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court to causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Staffordshire Police said Bailey was on the southbound carriageway in Etruria on 13 February when his lorry ploughed in to Ms Cartlidge's stationary car.

The force's investigation found that Bailey was using his phone while driving moments before the crash, a spokesman added.

PC Martin Colclough, from the collision investigation unit, said: "This is a clear example of the tragic consequences of driving whilst using a mobile phone and being distracted.

"No sentence can ever undo the pain and suffering caused to Helena and her family.

"I can only hope that the conclusion of this case helps the family in coming to terms with what happened."

Bailey was also disqualified from driving for six years.

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