A WOMAN whose partner and best friend were both killed by deadly driver Graeme Eden has spoken of her devastation at their loss.
As reported in the Echo, Eden, 31, was jailed for seven years for causing the death of his 30-year-old girlfriend Victoria Little.
The crash, which happened on Chester Road near Penshaw Monument, came eight years after John Hancock was killed while riding pillion on a motorcycle driven by Eden in 2002.
Today, John’s partner Emma Lawson told how she lost both the father of her child and her best friend to the same wreckless driver.
“It’s just devastating,” said the 31-year-old Fence Houses mother.
“She was my one of my best friends, but we fell out for a while when she got with him.
“I couldn’t even look at him after the first time. I couldn’t go to visit her because I didn’t want to see him.
“Last time he was only given four years and he didn’t serve that.”
John was killed after the motorbike he was riding on smashed into a wall.
The night before, Eden had drunk 10 pints of beer.
Eden admitted causing death by careless driving when over the legal limit for alcohol.
He was jailed for four years, reduced to three years on appeal.
Emma said she and the rest of Victoria’s friends feared for her after she began a relationship with Eden.
“We always feared something would happen after she got with him. We knew all along something like this would happen,” she said.
Eden, of Halesworth Drive, Hylton Lane Estate, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving when he appeared at Newcastle Crown Court in August. He was sentenced last Friday.
The court heard how Eden was “showing off” when he lost control and crashed his Toyota sports car on the A183, killing Victoria, on November 21 last year.
Her parents Paul and Sheila, and Victoria’s daughter Paige, 12, are still grieving for the woman they dubbed their “beautiful angel”.
In court, Christopher Morrison defending Eden, said that he is now receiving treatment and medication due to the emotional impact the crash has had on him.
He said: “The defendant has had to carry from day one the burden of this.
“It has taken a considerable degree of personal resolve and courage to come to this court and enter the plea that he did.”