Ormskirk road death driver found dead in prison cell

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A man who admitted killing a Lancashire student in a road crash has been found dead in his prison cell.

Stephen Carroll, of Huyton, Liverpool, was pronounced dead at category B Garth prison in Preston on Saturday.

He was serving six years for causing the death of 20-year-old Jackie Ryding, of Burnley, while he was banned from driving and on bail for theft in 2005.

The 33-year-old was recalled to jail three years ago after breaching the terms of his release.

Carroll jumped a red traffic light in a stolen van and crashed into Miss Ryding as she waited on the pavement at a pedestrian crossing on the A59 in Ormskirk, Lancashire, in April 2005.

He admitted causing death by dangerous driving and had previous convictions for robbery, theft and unlawful escape, it is understood.

A Prison Service spokeswoman said: "HMP Garth prisoner Stephen Carroll was found hanging in a cell at approximately 6.30am on Saturday June 23.

"He was pronounced dead at approximately 7am.

"As with all deaths in custody, the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will conduct an investigation."

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