A man from Cannock has been jailed for three years for causing the death of a passenger in his car on New Year’s Day.


Gregory Springthorpe, aged 22, from Cannock pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving after appearing at Stafford Crown Court yesterday (6 December). He was also convicted of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was given a one year prison sentence to be served concurrently. In addition, Springthorpe received a three and a half year driving ban with a requirement of an extended test at the end of that ban.

This follows a fatal road traffic collision that occurred on Sunday 1 January 2017 on the B5012 Cannock Road whereby Springthorpe’s grey Honda Civic which was in collision with trees just after the humpback bridge in the direction of Cannock, prior to the turn off for Mansty Lane.

18-year-old Travis Jones from Cannock was the front seat passenger in the vehicle. Sadly, despite the efforts of passers-by and medical staff from the West Midlands Ambulance Service, Travis was pronounced dead at the scene.

PC Matt Lovatt from the Regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This is clear example of the tragic consequences of driving dangerously. No sentence can ever undo the pain and suffering caused to the family and those involved. I can only hope that the conclusion of this case helps the family in coming to terms with what happened.”


Sourced from Staffordshire Police