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Careless driver jailed for 8 months for killing a young woman in Newcastle

A careless driver whose actions led to the death of a woman in Newcastle has been jailed for 8 months.

Richard Elmore, 28, was driving recklessly southbound on the Central Motorway, in Newcastle last February, when he lost control and crashed.

Demi Marie Burke was travelling in the car with her aunt, Colleen Main. Both ladies had to be cut out of the car by firefighters. 24-year-old Demi passed away from her injuries.

Her aunt, Colleen Main, who was in the front seat but spent several days in critical condition after surviving the crash.

Demi Marie Burke was 24-years-old when she died in the crash Credit: Northumbria Police
  • "The impact of this will stay with me my whole life"

Colleen offered a statement to Northumbria Police about her relationship with Demi and the lasting impact left from the collision.

We were like sisters. Demi had her whole life in front of her. She knew her mind and what she wanted to do but that has all been taken away from her due to the actions of Richard. The impact of this will stay with me my whole life.

– Colleen, Demi's aunt
Credit: Northumbria Police

An investigation into the collision has been launched by Northumbria Police and officers arrested Elmore on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The charge was later changed to causing death by careless driving and following a guilty plea Elmore, on Friday 22nd March.

He was sentenced to 8 months imprisonment at Newcastle Crown Court.

Elmore will also be banned from driving for three years and four months when he is released and will need to take an extended re-test.

The damage to the car was severe Credit: Northumbria Police
  • Sergeant Phil Emmerson, Of Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols, said:

This has been, and continues to be, a very difficult time for Demi’s family and friends and my thoughts are with them.

Hopefully this will highlight the dangers of driving and the care drivers need to take on the road- it only takes one second to lose a loved one.

– Sergeant Phil Emmerson