Community mourns teenager killed in Sunderland crash

Police officers on Ormonde Street, Sunderland
Police officers on Ormonde Street, Sunderland
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THIS is the 17-year-old girl who has died from her injuries five days after she was left fighting for her life after being hit by a car.

Sarah Jane Burke was critically injured when she was knocked down in Ormonde Street in Barnes as she crossed the road at 5.30pm last Tuesday.

She was treated by paramedics at the scene, just a short distance from her home in Cleveland Road, before being flown by the Great North Air Ambulance from Barnes Park to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Northumbria Police today confirmed Sarah had died.

Her organs have been donated to help others, fulfilling her wishes.

In the aftermath of the crash, police charged David Mark Baillie with causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He entered no pleas when he appeared in before Sunderland Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, with the bench committing the case to Newcastle Crown Court.

The 39-year-old from Magdalene Place, Pallion, was released on conditional bail until Thursday, October 3.

Police yesterday said a 39-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

He remained in police custody yesterday afternoon.

A 38-year-old man has been released with no further action as part of the inquiry.

Witnesses described how Sarah was hit by a blue Volvo and left lying in Ormonde Street, halfway between traffic lights and a pedestrian crossing.

At the time of the collision, Catharine Parker, 43, of Grangetown, said: “There were two wheels left in the middle of the road and the police were speaking to a man sitting on a blue car.

“There were a lot of people just standing around trying to see what was going on. Because of the time, a lot were coming out of work.”

Officers had previously said that they wanted to trace witnesses who saw a turquoise Vauxhall Corsa in the area, which they believe was involved in the incident.

Police are continuing to appeal for information, with anyone with anyone who was in the area at the time asked to call officers on 101 ext 69191.