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Killer driver gets seven years for causing teen’s death

JAILED ... David Baillie, inset left, was jailed after causing the death of Sarah Jane Burke, inset right, in his blue Volvo.

JAILED ... David Baillie, inset left, was jailed after causing the death of Sarah Jane Burke, inset right, in his blue Volvo.

A KILLER driver has been jailed for causing the death of a teenager as she made her way home from college.

David Baillie, 39, was sentenced to seven years in prison after he drove into 17-year-old Sarah Jane Burke.

The off-duty taxi driver, from Sunderland, was reportedly involved in a road rage incident at the time as he drove along the 30mph road.

A jury at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday concluded he had been driving his blue Volvo S60 recklessly and dangerously before he knocked down Ms Burke last September.

She was taken to hospital with serious injuries and died a week later.

Motor Patrols Sergeant Kevin Hindhaugh, of Northumbria Police, said: “Baillie’s irresponsible and dangerous actions resulted in the death of a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her.

“Our thoughts are with her family, who have to come to terms with such a terrible loss.

“I’m pleased with today’s verdict and that Baillie has been found culpable and will now have to live with the consequences of his reckless driving.”

Baillie, who was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving, was also banned from driving for seven years.

 
 
 

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