Family's car brings home drink drive message

By Ross Findon

Thursday, December 5, 2013


Family's car brings home drink drive message

The Staley's car on display on the Isle of Wight as part of a police campaign to cut drug and drink-driving. Picture by Robin Crossley.

SHOPPERS on the Isle of Wight have been confronted with a powerful reminder of the repercussions of drug or drink-driving today (Thursday).

The car in which ten-year-old Evey Staley was travelling in with her parents when it was involved in the fatal crash that claimed her life, has been on display in St Thomas’s Square, Newport.

They were pulling out of their drive in Newport Road when a car being driven by Robert Blakely, who was over the drink drive limit and had been smoking cannabis, ploughed into them.

"Evey’s side of the car took the worst of the impact.

"Her mum and dad, Penny and Neal, were both terribly injured; Penny losing consciousness straight away and Neal trapped in the driver’s seat and needing to be cut out.

"Penny was in a coma for several days but when Neal came round in hospital the next day, he was told his youngest girl had been transferred to Southampton General Hospital Neurological Unit, and her head injuries were not survivable.

"Though seriously hurt, Neal had to make the decision to allow doctors to turn off Evey’s life support and permit her organs to be donated to people on the transplant list," police said.

Insp Andy Storey, who is leading the campaign, said: "Is it worth the risk? The answer is absolutely not."

The public can again report a drink driver by texting an anonymous text service on 80999.


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