Taxi driver jailed for killing Sunderland teenager

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A TAXI driver who killed a student has been jailed for seven years.

David Mark Baillie, 39, of Magdalene Place, Sunderland, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday.

Today, Baillie was sentenced to seven years and banned from driving for seven years.

On Tuesday, September 17, Baillie was driving a blue Volvo S60 along Ormonde Street, Sunderland, when he knocked down 17-year-old Sarah Jane Burke.

Sarah was taken to hospital with serious injuries where she remained in a life-threatening condition. She died from her injuries a week later.

Speaking after the case motor patrols sergeant Kevin Hindhaugh, said: “Baillie’s irresponsible and dangerous actions resulted in the death of a young girl who had her whole life ahead of her and 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.”