Footage shows moment dad was killed in horror crash

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Richard Jordan’s widow hopes the footage will serve as a warning about drink and drug drivers

Shocking footage shows the moment a father was killed after a drunk and drug driver crashed at more than 120mph.

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Richard Jordan, 33, was in the back seat of the white Mercedes when it collided with another car and crossed a dual carriageway.

The footage, which includes harrowing scenes, was released to coincide with the start of a nationwide campaign against drink and drug driving.

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And Richard’s widow hopes the footage will serve as a warning to others.

Richard was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident on the A19 near Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland on 4 August 2019.

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The driver, Richard’s work colleague Mark Thompson, had crossed the drug and alcohol limit and was jailed for six years and eight months.

Now police have released the dashcam footage of the moment Richard was killed when the car collided at high speed.

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Richard’s partner Carol King found out she was pregnant with their second child just 11 days after his funeral.

Richard Jordan died in a horrific crash. His work colleague Mark Thompson, who was behind the wheel, had crossed the drug and alcohol limit.

“It has destroyed the lives of so many people”

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Carol, 30, said she wanted the harrowing footage of Richard’s final moments released as a warning to drink and drug drivers.

She said: “I used to be the person to read about these tragic incidents. Then it happened to my family.

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“People don’t realize when under the influence of alcohol or drugs all inhibitions and common sense go away.

“Other road users, pedestrians, even your own safety and your own is not registered and not questioned, the recklessness is completely spinning.

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“Before Richie died I probably wouldn’t have challenged anyone who was drinking, but you see it all the time people are pushing the limits.

“‘I’ll just take a few’, ‘It’s just down the street’, ‘I’m fine, it’ll only take five minutes.’

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

“The night Richie died, that’s exactly what happened. A number of decisions were made without thinking or being questioned.

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“It has destroyed the lives of so many people. One moment – driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs – and for what?

“I now have two young daughters, Quinn is four and Gray is two, who are yet to fully comprehend their loss and the enormity of what has happened.

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“The ripple effect of that night was passed down to two young children to carry the burden before their lives even began.”

Richard Jordan with partner Carol and daughter Quinn. Photo: Lisa McCormick Photography

“Campaigns like this are so important”

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Last August, Mark Thompson, 43, of Seaham, County Durham, admitted causing the death and seriously injuring another passenger through dangerous driving.

The footage was released in time for the launch of a national drink and drug driving campaign that will run over the next fortnight.

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Carol added: “Campaigns like this are so important and that’s why we wanted to release the footage 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 make sense of it – it must have been something. There has to be something positive or a lesson we can take from it.

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“So if you see someone contemplating jumping in their car while under the influence of alcohol, think of Richie.

“Think of my girls and remember the story you are reading now – a story similar to those I once read could be your own reality, just as it is for me now.”

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Sergeant Glen Robson, of Northumbria Police’s Operation Dragoon team, said: “By making the decision to get behind the wheel, you are gambling with people’s lives. As this terrible case shows, it can have irreversible consequences and ruin more than one life in an instant.

“This footage of the moment before Richie’s death is hard and harrowing. We’re releasing it for a reason – to try to get the message out to people.”

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Mark Thompson, 43, is currently serving six years and eight months in prison for causing Richard’s death.