Saturday, 20 January 2007

The Death of Emma Healey

On 9 February 2002, 20-year-old Emma Healey was killed when the car in which she was a passenger crashed in Manchester.

Steven Campbell ran away after his Honda Civic car hit a lamp post when it mounted a traffic island outside the Trafford Centre. When the police caught him he was found to be almost twice over the drink drive limit.

The court was told that he was in the driver's seat and Emma was unconscious with her head in his lap. Stuart Ryder said he asked him to turn the ignition off and sit still, but instead he got out of the car.

"I was aware of a young girl in the car," said Stuart. "I asked him who the girl was and he said he didn't know."
Campbell ran off after his brief conversation with Stuart but was quickly caught and found to be well over the alcohol limit. He had drunk three large glasses of wine and nine vodkas during the course of the evening.

Prosecuting, Alaric Bassano said witnesses described hearing a car accelerating hard shortly before the crash. He added:

"The defendant sought to distance himself, exhibiting no apparent concern about the vehicle or the deceased."
Campbell, who had been Emma's 'friend' since she was 14, was jailed for five years.

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