Racer jailed after fellow driver dies in crash
Police have released footage of two cars racing at up to 124mph before one of the drivers died in a crash.
Strangers Ryan Charlton, 23, and Mohammed Abdul-Wahid, 32, started racing on the A1 near the Angel of the North in Gateshead at about 5am on Sunday April 19.
Mr Charlton's Honda CivicType R flipped onto its roof on the Bowes incline heading south, and he was killed at the scene.
Abdul-Wahid, driving a VW Golf R32, fled as emergency services were called to the crash.
The defendant, from Cambridge Road, Middlesbrough, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and a separate offence of supplying cannabis, and was jailed at Newcastle Crown Court for five years and six months.
Both men were car enthusiasts, and traffic officers warned the public of the dangers of racing on the roads.
Chief Inspector John Heckels, of the operations department, said: "Our message is that this could happen to anyone if they don't respect the road and don't respect those other motorists who are using it."
Mr Charlton was from Low Fell, Gateshead.
A family spokesperson said: "You think you're in control - you might be, but you don't know what another driver will do, as we've found out to our cost.
"You never think it will happen to you. You may think you're invincible... Well, you're not.
"Ask us and we will tell you what it's like to lose a loved one, someone so precious. It's devastating, yet we have to live with it the rest of our lives."