Stolen van driver Kyle Perkins jailed for killing teenager Sammy Jo Davies

A driver who killed a teenage girl after squeezing eight people into a van after a house party was jailed for seven years at Merthyr Crown Court today.

Kyle Perkins, 26, was high on cocaine when he took the red works van - and even told friends: "Someone else need to drive. I can't see."

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Tributes to 'wonderful daughter' killed in crash

The family of a teenager killed in a road crash in Aberdare on Monday have paid tribute to the 19-year-old.

Sammy Jo’s parents say she was "a wonderful daughter". Credit: South Wales Police / Family Photo

Samantha Jo Davies, who was known to her family and friends as Sammy Jo, died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision at Bryn Terrace.

Sammy Jo’s parents, Geraint and Deborah Davies and their partners said Sammy Jo, who was their youngest child, was "a wonderful daughter".

Sammy Jo was such a “happy go lucky girl”, who loved life and lived her life to the full. Sammy Jo was a typical, normal 19-year-old girl, who loved to party, who had her whole life ahead of her.

Sammy Jo had such a bubbly, infectious personality, she was always smiling, and she had a heart of gold, and would help anybody.

We would like to thank all those who have left such kind words and comments on Sammy Jo’s Facebook page since her death, which we have found so comforting at this devastating time, and we are truly humbled by the community’s response and the fundraising that has already taken place in her memory.

Sammy Jo will never be forgotten, and her death has left a huge hole in our family than can never be filled, and she will be dreadfully missed by all those who knew her.

– Family of Sammy Jo Davies

South Wales Police are appealing for witnesses, and are keen to speak to anyone who may have witnessed the collision or saw the vehicle being driven prior to the collision.

More: Fundraiser launched in memory of Valleys teenager killed in crash

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Man appears in court following van crash death

A driver has appeared at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates court charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

The crash happened at Bryn Terrace, Aberdare. Credit: Google Street View

Sammy-Jo Davies, 19, was being carried in a red LDV Maxus when it crashed in Aberdare in the early hours of Monday morning.

She was pronounced dead at the scene in Bryn Terrace while several other passengers were taken to hospital.

Driver Kyle Perkins, of Cwmaman, spoke only to confirm his name during the hearing at court on Tuesday.

He was remanded in custody and the case was sent to Merthyr Tydfil Crown Court.

Woman dies in Valleys mini-bus crash

South Wales Police says one person has died and seven others were injured following a road traffic collision during the early hours of this morning at Aberdare.

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The collision happened around 3.30am this morning and involved a red LDV Maxus van with eight people inside.

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene and the remaining injured parties were taken to Royal Glamorgan and Prince Charles Hospitals to receive treatment.

The driver of the van, a 25 year old man from Cwmaman, Aberdare, has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and is currently in police custody pending further enquiries.

South Wales Police Family Liaison Officers are supporting the family of the woman who died.

Police investigations are continuing into the collision and anyone with information in connection to the incident, or witnessed the incident or the manor of driving prior to the collision, is asked to contact South Wales Police on 101 quoting reference number 1500281697.

Several injured in Valleys mini-bus crash

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The Welsh Ambulance Service was called at just after 03.30 am this morning to reports of a road traffic collision involving a mini-bus on Bryn Terrace, Aberdare.

Four emergency ambulances and a Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the incident.

Several patients were taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and Prince Charles Hospital, some of whom were believed to be in a serious condition

– The Welsh Ambulance Servic

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