Rhymney driver killed teenager, 17, in crash while high on ketamine, cocaine and ecstasy

Chloe Hayman was described as "beautiful inside and out" Credit: Gwent Police/family photo

A young driver has admitted causing the death of a teenager in a car crash after taking drugs and being over the drink-drive limit.

Kelian Roberts, 22, got behind the wheel in the early hours of 24 July 2022 despite consuming a cocktail of illegal drugs and drinking alcohol.

Passenger Chloe Hayman, 17, from Mountain Ash, was killed in the crash in Fochriw, Caerphilly county, after enjoying a night out with friends.

Cardiff Crown Court heard Roberts had taken ketamine, cocaine and ecstasy prior to the crash.

Roberts, of Rhymney, admitted four charges of causing death by careless driving.

Paying tribute, Chloe's family said: "We can’t believe our beautiful loving daughter, kind caring sister to three little brothers has been taken so young."From the day Chloe was born, she was a determined and fiercely strong little girl who was beautiful inside and out."Chloe lived life to the full, and brought so much joy and happiness to everyone’s lives."There was never a dull moment when Chloe was around."Chloe brought happiness and love wherever she went and was loved by everyone who met her, she will be missed so much by everyone who knew her and had the chance to meet her."Our lives will never be the same again without her."

He was denied bail and remanded in custody ahead of sentencing next month.