Driver jailed after child's death

Following the death of ten year old Evey Staley in a road traffic collision on the Isle of Wight last August, Robert Blakely was today sentenced to ten years in prison.

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Driver jailed following child's road death

Evey Staley Credit: Hampshire Police

A man has been jailed for ten years and given a further ten year driving ban, following the death of a ten-year-old girl on the Isle of Wight last year.

Sgnt Rob Heard said: "On Friday, August 24, at approximately 8.30pm, Evey Staley had been the rear seat passenger in her parents Subaru Justy car, when they set off for a shopping trip.

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

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

"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 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."

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