Llanelli: Woman admits killing six-month-old baby Eva Maria Nichifor in drink-drive crash

Eva Maria Nichifor was just six-months-old when she died Credit: Family photo

A young mum has been jailed for four years after crashing into a family car while drink-driving in Llanelli - killing a six-month-old baby.Lucy Dyer, 23, was behind the wheel when her vehicle collided with a family car which had baby Eva Maria Nichifor inside in a child seat.

The family were travelling in a blue Vauxhall Vectra when they were hit by the 3 Series BMW on a busy crossroads in Llanelli.

Dyer pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and to drink driving at Swansea Crown Court.

Dyer and a relative had been drinking in the Carwyn James pub, Station Road, Llanelli, and were heading home when the crash happened shortly before 9pm on 8 October 2021.

She told the court the "guilt will stay forever" and that she would "never intentionally harm any child."

“I would like to say how truly sorry I am to the family in their tragic loss," she said.

"I am truly heartbroken and devastated.

"The guilt will stay forever. If I had the power to turn the clock back I would. I can’t imagine all the pain that the family are going through.

"I am a caring person and I will never be able to forget this tragedy, as I know the family will also. I am truly very sorry, and I hope that one day through all of the pain, the family will be able to forgive me… may she rest in peace.”

Flowers and toys were left out in memory of Eva Maria.

Eva was taken to University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, where she was immediately transferred to theatre.

Investigations revealed a brain stem injury which required life support intervention.

She died at around 2pm the following day.

Her parents Florin and Carmen - who originate from Romania but now live in Llanelli - spoke of their beloved daughter.

'She was our miracle, our perfect baby girl'They said: “We are distraught by our loss. Eva Maria, only six months old, will be missed by us all."She was our miracle, our perfect baby girl, a gift from God. She will always be in our hearts.“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this horrific time. It has meant so much to the whole family.

"We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so."

A sign at the scene of the crash

Emma Myles, of the CPS, said: “This is a heart-breaking case which has had a profound impact on everyone involved in it.

“The life of a baby was ended when it had barely begun but, for the short and precious time that she was with them, Eva Maria was the apple of her parents’ eye, and her loss is immeasurable. Our thoughts are with Eva Maria’s family.

“Lucy Dyer, who is herself a mother, will have to live with the consequences of her actions that night for the rest of her life.”