Head-on crash driver 'guilty'

A man, 22, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after a head-on crash on a road in Northumberland killed a teenage passenger. Lucy Duggan, 18, was a rear-seat passenger in Martin Li's car.

Police statement about road death sentence

Northumbria Police issued the following statement after Martin Li was jailed for 8 years for causing the death of Lucy Duggan, 18, on a road in Northumberland.

"Lucy Duggan died as a result of the actions of Martin Li, whose driving that day was the worst I have had to investigate in 15 years. "He had a total disregard for other people's safety and his driving was the equivalent to playing Russian roulette, driving at speed on the wrong side of the road on a blind bend. "

"He is now serving a considerable sentence and has been banned for ten years. I hope this sentence serves as a strong deterrent to young drivers who drive like Martin Li on a daily basis and put other people's lives at risk. While this is a significant sentence, it does not reflect the loss suffered by Lucy's family and the life changing affect this has had on the other four people who were seriously injured."

"I'd like to remind people that we also have the facility to monitor social media sites to seek out examples of bad driving and we will wherever possible take proactive action against those responsible which could see them sent to jail and disqualified from driving."

– Sgt Phil Patterson, Northumbria Police Motor Patrols

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Lucy's death has "rocked our world".

Lucy Duggan
Lucy Duggan Credit: Northumbria Police

The family of Lucy Duggan, 18, have spoken of their devastation after her death in August.

Martin Li. 22, was today jailed for 8 years for causing her death by dangerous driving, and for other offences.

Lucy's parents Ralph and Barbara and brother Jack issued a statement on Monday afternoon:

"The devastating accident that took our wonderful daughter, from us on Sunday 25th August, has rocked our world and shattered so many precious dreams. Lucy loved life and lived it to the full, her constant smile brought sunshine into the lives of all she met."

"She lived her life in full confidence that everything would be ok and we have tried to draw from her positive outlook to get us through. The support that our family, friends and the wonderful community we live in have shown us, has been amazing and given us great strength."

" Lucy was always there when we needed support and we have been left feeling helpless without her. May the sunshine in her outlook of life give us all strength to carry on without her. "

Driver, 22, jailed for teenage passenger death

Dangerous driver Martin Li
Martin Li has been jailed for 8 years Credit: Northumbria Police

This is Martin Li, who's dangerous driving led to the death of an woman who was a passenger in his car.

Li had been driving at speeds in excess of 100 mph when his Ford Focus collided head on with another car on the A695 in Dilston, near Hexham, on August 25th.

Lucy Duggan, 18, died from her injuries.

At Newcastle Crown Court today (Mon), Li pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerousdriving, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and making a falsestatement to obtain insurance.He was sentenced to 8 years in jail, and banned from driving for 10 years.

Driver, 22, jailed for teenage death

Lucy Duggan
Lucy Duggan, 18, died in August Credit: Northumbria Police

Newcastle Crown Court heard how on the day Li drove at speeds of over 100 mph while overtaking multiple vehicles on public roads.Li pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and making a false statement to obtain insurance.

A man, 22, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after a head-on crash on a road in Northumberland killed a teenage passenger.

The incident, which happened on August 25, killed Lucy Duggan, 18, who was a rear-seat passenger in Li's car, and left four others injured.

Jail for causing death by dangerous driving

A man, 22, has been sentenced to 8 years in prison after a head-on crash on a road in Northumberland killed a teenage passenger.

The incident, which happened on August 25, killed Lucy Duggan, 18, who was a rear-seat passenger in Li's car, and left four others injured.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how on the day Li drove at speeds of over 100 mph while overtaking multiple vehicles on public roads.Li pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, four counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and making a false statement to obtain insurance.

"Nothing I can do by your sentence can reinstate Lucy Duggan to those wholove her. This sentence does nothing more than serve as a reminder to those boyracers that their is a price to be paid for doing such."

– Judge John Evans, Newcastle Crown Court

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