‘A life tragically cut short’ – tributes to Sunderland teenage road victim as man appears in court

Police officers on Ormonde Street, Sunderland, after the accident.
Police officers on Ormonde Street, Sunderland, after the accident.
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TRIBUTES have been pouring in for road victim Sarah Jane Burke as a man appeared in court accused of causing her death.

The 17-year-old died in hospital at the weekend after being hit by a car in Ormonde Street, Sunderland, last Tuesday at 5.30pm.

The Sunderland Echo Facebook page was today awash with tributes.

“Absolutely devastating,” Beverly Yvette Teasdale wrote.

“Thinking of her family and friends at this sad time. Far too young and beautiful to have been taken away like that.”

Natalie Cole said: “My thoughts go out to her family and friends.”

“Another young life so tragically cut short,” Emma Neale wrote.

Beverley Ganley said: “Heartbreaking, thoughts are with her family.”

Emma Maughan said: “So beautiful too, so sad.”

David Mark Baillie appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, where he entered no plea to a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.

The 39-year-old, of Magdalene Place, Sunderland, will appear at Newcastle Crown Court on October 8. Magistrates granted Baillie conditional bail against a £1,000 surety paid by his girlfriend’s father.

He was told he has to reside at his girlfriend’s parents’ address outside the area and made subject to a tagged night-time curfew.

He is also not to sit in the front seat of any motor vehicle.

Officers investigating the collision are continuing to appeal for anyone who was in Ormonde Street at the time of the collision to get in touch with any information on 101 ext 69191.