Ex-footballer jailed following M56 crash that killed retired couple

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Ex-footballer, Steven Bennett jailed following M56 crash that killed retired couple in 2019

A HGV driver involved in M56 car accident that claimed the lives of husband and wife which occurred on Thursday, September 19, 2019  has been jailed

Angela Wong, 56 and her husband Richard Wong, 62 both of Northenden, were returning from their caravan in Wales that they had bought to start their retirement.

Report has it that the couple were travelling in a grey Toyota Aventis at about 5:15 p.m., nearing junction 9 of the M56 eastbound just before Lymm, they had to joined a queue of stationary traffic in lane one 1 just before exit for the M6. While they wait, the car was rear-ended by a 10 tonne yellow DAF engineering truck, driven by Steven Bennett, 29, of Manor Crescent, Barnsley, travelling at approximately 50 miles per hour on the M56 motorway close to Warrington.

The impact of the crash caused a seven vehicle pile-up and aside Angela and Richard, four other people were also injured in the crash.

Angela was pronounced dead on September 19, 2019 following the car accident while her husband, Richard who was a passenger was pronounced dead on Sunday, September 22, at the Walton Centre in Liverpool

The driver of the HGV, Bennett, who was a striker for Barnsley in their 2010/2011 Championship season, appeared at Chester Crown Court on Thursday, September 16, 2021 where he was sentenced to five years in prison.

Bennett, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. He was previously banned from driving for four years and ordered to undertake an extended retest.

Videos from Bennett’s phone revealed that he was operating his phone on regularly while he travelled from Liverpool to the place when the crash occurred.

According to Police Sergeant,  Andrew Dennison, of Cheshire Police’s Serious and Complex Collision Investigation Unit said: “Richard and Angela were a devoted couple who had been married for over 37 years.

“They were loving parents and grandparents, and their deaths sent shockwaves throughout their local community. My thoughts are with their family and friends at this difficult time”.