Jordan’s grieving family urge young drivers to stay focused on the road
The family of talented footballer Jordan Dowson may never know what led to the car crash that took his life.
Jordan, 19, from Guisborough, died while travelling as a backseat passenger in his friend Josh Butters’ car on the A174 Brotton by-pass in east Cleveland. He had been wearing a seatbelt and no one was alleged to have been speeding.
However, the courts heard how Butters had veered into the oncoming lane and collided with two cars – killing his friend Jordan and injuring his own girlfriend. Their car came to rest on its roof.
The prosecution claimed Butters had possibly been trying to perform a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre, but he denied that.
He received a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for causing the death of Jordan by dangerous driving – while still refusing to accept responsibility for killing his friend.
Jordan’s mum, Tanya Lofthouse, said: “Jordan should not have died that day. He was such a fun, happy character – he had his whole life ahead of him.
“The pain never goes away, but we must learn to live with it. Life will never be the same. Christmas Day for us was always a huge family party, with Jordan at the centre of it all. Now every Christmas Day, we take a walk to the cemetery to visit Jordan.”