Sunderland man admits second death crash

Graeme Eden outside Newcastle Crown Court.
Graeme Eden outside Newcastle Crown Court.
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A DRIVER has admitted causing the death of his girlfriend in his second deadly road smash in under a decade.

Graeme Eden was “showing off” when he lost control and crashed his sports car on the A183 Chester Road, Penshaw, killing his girlfriend Victoria May Little, 30, on November 21 last year.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the 31-year-old had been jailed for causing death by careless driving after he killed his passenger in a motorbike crash almost eight years to the day, on November 4, 2002.

Prosecuting, Glen Gatland said Eden was driving “a potent and fast sports car” in last year’s crash.

He said: “He was showing off the capabilities of the car to his partner in adverse weather conditions and she tragically was the one that died as a result of his behaviour.”

Mr Gatland told the court that Eden had been sentenced to four years’ imprisonment for his previous driving conviction, but that was later reduced at the Court of Appeal to three years’ imprisonment and three years’ disqualification.

Defending Eden, Christopher Morrison 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.”

Eden, of Halesworth Drive, Hylton Lane Estate, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving yesterday, and will be sentenced on September 16.

Judge Brian Forster released him on bail until the sentencing hearing and made it clear that he is now disqualified from driving.

The judge told Eden: “You have pleaded guilty to a very serious offence which in the end involved the taking of the life of another person.

“You are in a very serious position.”

The death of Victoria, who had a daughter Paige, then 11, devastated her family and friends.

Her parents Sheila and Paul told the Echo how Victoria, of Houghton, “was an angel, a perfect daughter”.

Sheila said: “Victoria was always happy-go-lucky and was an excellent mum to Paige. She was our best friend, our angel who will never be forgotten.”

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