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Harrowing footage shows moment a drug driver kills father-of-two after losing control at 120mph

This is the harrowing moment when a driver on drugs lost control of his car and killed 33-year-old Richie Jordan.

The father of two was a passenger in the Mercedes driven by colleague Mark Thompson.

On August 4, 2019, the car overturned on the A19, near Sunderland, after reaching speeds of over 120 mph.

Thompson was found to exceed the limit for both drink and drugs and was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Now, Mr Jordan’s partner Carol King has asked for the dashcam footage of the collision to be made public – in the hopes that others will reconsider before getting behind the wheel under the influence.

The 30-year-old said: ‘I used to be the one who read about these tragic incidents.

“Then it happened to my family.

‘At that moment people don’t realize that under the influence of alcohol or drugs, all inhibitions and common sense disappear out the window.

Pictured: 33-year-old Richie Jordan with his oldest daughter Quinn, 4. Weeks after losing her partner, Ms. King found out she was pregnant with Mr. Jordan's second child, Gray, 2

Pictured: 33-year-old Richie Jordan with his oldest daughter Quinn, 4. Weeks after losing her partner, Ms. King found out she was pregnant with Mr. Jordan’s second child, Gray, 2

Non-league footballer Mr Jordan was a rear seat passenger in the car, which crashed near Houghton-le-Spring in August 2019

Non-league footballer Mr Jordan was a rear seat passenger in the car, which crashed near Houghton-le-Spring in August 2019

Non-league footballer Mr Jordan was a rear seat passenger in the car, which crashed near Houghton-le-Spring in August 2019

‘Other road users, pedestrians, even the safety of your own passengers and your own does not register and is not questioned, the recklessness is running smoothly.

“Before Richie died, I probably wouldn’t challenge someone who had been drinking, but you see it all the time, people pushing the boundaries.

“I’ll just take a few,” “It’s just down the road,” “It’ll be fine, it’ll only take five minutes.”

“Now I wouldn’t think twice about challenging someone I know who is over the limit.

“On the night Richie died, that’s exactly what happened.

‘A number of decisions have been made without thinking or being challenged.

“It has destroyed the lives of so many people. One moment – ​​getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs – and for what?’

Shocking: Mercedes could speed past on A1, near Sunderland, after speeds over 120mph

Shocking: Mercedes could speed past on A1, near Sunderland, after speeds over 120mph

Shocking: Mercedes could speed past on A1, near Sunderland, after speeds over 120mph

Work colleague Mark Thompson drove under the influence of drink and drugs

Work colleague Mark Thompson drove under the influence of drink and drugs

Work colleague Mark Thompson drove under the influence of drink and drugs

Mr Jordan's wife has released the footage in hopes of getting others to think before they get behind the wheel

Mr Jordan's wife has released the footage in hopes of getting others to think before they get behind the wheel

Mr Jordan’s wife has released the footage in hopes of getting others to think before they get behind the wheel

Non-league footballer Mr Jordan was a passenger in the back seat of the car, which crashed near Houghton-le-Spring in August 2019.

Lewis Atkinson, who had been in the front seat, suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Just weeks after losing her partner, Mrs King, from Sunderland, she discovered she was pregnant with Mr Jordan’s second child.

Mrs. King now has two young girls who will grow up without their father.

Pictured: Mark Thompson was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving

Pictured: Mark Thompson was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving

Pictured: Mark Thompson was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving

“I now have two young daughters, Quinn is four and Gray is two, who don’t fully understand their loss and the magnitude of what happened,” she said.

“The ripple effect of that night passed on to two young children to carry the burden before their lives have even begun.”

Thompson, of Seaton Crescent, Seaham, County Durham, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

The 42-year-old was jailed for six years and eight months and banned from the road for three years, starting on his release from prison.

Now Ms King has asked Northumbria Police to release the images in support of a national alcohol and drug awareness campaign that will run over the next two weeks.

Officers from Northumbria Police’s Operation Dragoon team will monitor the roads and inform drivers about the effects of driving with alcohol or drugs in their system.

Ms King added: ‘Campaigns like this are so important and that’s why we wanted to release the images now and hopefully prevent others from making the same mistakes that were made that night.

“In the years since Richie’s death, we’ve all tried to understand – it must have been for something. There has to be something positive or a lesson we can draw from that.

“So if you see someone considering jumping into a car while intoxicated, think of Richie. Think of my girls and think of the story you are reading now – a story similar to the one I once read could be your own reality, as it is for me now.”

The National Police Chiefs' Council campaign for drink-driving and drugs runs until August 28 - Officers from Northumbria will maintain the roads and inform drivers about the effects of drink or drug driving in their system

The National Police Chiefs' Council campaign for drink-driving and drugs runs until August 28 - Officers from Northumbria will maintain the roads and inform drivers about the effects of drink or drug driving in their system

The National Police Chiefs’ Council campaign for drink-driving and drugs runs until August 28 – Officers from Northumbria will maintain the roads and inform drivers about the effects of drink or drug driving in their system

Sergeant Glen Robson of Northumbria Police’s Operation Dragoon team said: ‘By making the decision to get behind the wheel, you are rolling the dice with people’s lives.

As this horrific case shows, it can have irreversible consequences, destroying more than one life in the blink of an eye.

“These images of the moment before Richie’s death are hard and poignant.

“We’re not putting it out for nothing — to try to get the message across to people.

“We all have a responsibility to make our roads as safe as possible for all road users. Anyone who breaks the law and gambles with someone else’s life will be dealt with severely.’

The National Police Chiefs’ Council’s drink-driving campaign runs until August 28.

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