Ten years for death crash motorist

Robert Blakely Photo: Hampshire Police

A motorist who crashed into a car on the Isle of Wight, killing a 10-year-old girl after spending the day drinking and smoking cannabis, has been jailed for 10 years, according to police.

Robert Blakely, 31, of Sandown, was sentenced at Isle of Wight Crown Court for causing the death of Evey Staley by careless driving while over the drink-drive limit.

He was also banned from driving for 10 years and ordered to take an extended driving test after that period.

Sergeant Rob Heard, of Hampshire Police, said that Evey had been the rear seat passenger in her parents' Subaru Justy car when they set off for a shopping trip at 8.30pm on August 24 last year.

As they exited their driveway, their vehicle was struck by a Ford Puma driven by Blakely.

Both vehicles received extensive damage and all the occupants in both vehicles were seriously injured as a result of the collision.

Evey Staley Credit: Hampshire Police

Sgt Heard said: "Tragically Evey's injuries were not survivable and she died the next day at Southampton General Hospital.

"This was a tragic and completely avoidable death of a 10-year-old child who had her whole life ahead of her.

"The collision was brought about by the thoughtless actions of Robert Blakely who had been drinking and smoking cannabis throughout the day.

"Being aware of his condition, Blakely still got into his car and set off from Cowes towards Newport on a dark and wet evening.

"He was witnessed by numerous motorists travelling at high speed and conducting at least two overtakes.

"It was obvious that this journey was only likely to end in disaster.

"The sentence Blakely received today is irrelevant as it will not bring back Evey, but hopefully this case will highlight to everyone the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

"Our thoughts are with the Staley family at this time."