Footage showing speeding car moments before fatal crash released by police


Police have released footage of a car speeding and overtaking other vehicles in the moments prior to a fatal crash in Leicestershire. Luke Sullivan, who was behind the wheel, was today (Wednesday, May 29) jailed for six years and eight months at Leicester Crown Court for causing the death of his friend, 26-year-old Kieran Andrews, by dangerous driving.

Mr Andrews’ family said in a tribute that their “suffering” is “still raw” following his death in March last year. Sullivan, 23, of Link Road, Anstey, was found to have cocaine in his system during a preliminary drug test in hospital after the collision in Leicester Road, Anstey.

Leicestershire Police said Sullivan appeared to lose control of the vehicle before mounting a grass verge and colliding with a wooden fence and lamppost. The force has today released footage showing Sullivan driving dangerously in a Black BMW before the crash and running away from the crash site to highlight the impact dangerous driving can have on “numerous lives”.

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On Saturday, March 18, last year Mr Andrews was the front seat passenger in the BMW Sullivan was driving, another male passenger was in the back, police said. The vehicle had left the Station Road area of Glenfield at around 10.17am with CCTV and dashcam footage gathered by police showing the car being driven erratically and dangerously overtaking other vehicles.

The collision happened at about 10.30am in Leicester Road, Anstey, police said. Members of public at the scene tried to help Mr Andrews along with paramedics but sadly he was pronounced deceased at the scene, the force said.

It said a post mortem examination found Mr Andrews had sustained a fatal chest injury. The passenger in the rear of the vehicle suffered minor injuries, it added.

Luke Sullivan
Luke Sullivan -Credit:Leicestershire Police

An investigation was launched to locate Sullivan before police were contacted by a family member of the defendant’s after he had returned home that evening. This led to Sullivan’s arrest, the police said.

Sullivan was taken to hospital to be checked on after suffering minor injuries in the collision, where in a preliminary drug test carried out at the hospital he tested positive for cocaine. Sullivan was charged in December 2023 and at Leicester Crown Court in February this year, he pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Officer in the case, detective constable Paul Hicks, from the force’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “When you are driving, you are ultimately in charge of a potentially dangerous weapon. If you are not fully in control when you are driving, you are putting the lives of yourselves and others at so much risk as this case has tragically shown.”

Kieran Andrews
Kieran Andrews -Credit:Leicestershire Police

In a tribute released by the force today, Mr Andrews’ family said their “suffering” was “still raw”. Their full statement said: “We will never forget the morning of Saturday 18th March 2023 when two police officers told us that our beloved son, Kieran, had been killed in a road traffic collision.

“This is news that no parent should have to receive. The suffering within our family is still raw.

“Kieran was 26 years old and was getting his life together, undergoing the necessary qualifications to allow him to start a career in construction. We were told how well Kieran was getting on, and as a family, we have no doubt that Kieran would have succeeded in everything that he put his mind to and had a successful future.

“The only comfort we can take from everything is realising just how loved and popular Kieran was. More than 300 people attended Kieran’s funeral.

“A huge void has been left in many people’s lives which will never be replaced.We cannot express in words the pain which has been caused to us. Our family has been torn apart and there is no sentence which will ever bring back our son.”

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