Parents' tragic story they hope could save others

By a County Press reporter

Monday, December 9, 2013


Parents' tragic story they hope could save others

The car in which Evey Staley was travelling when it was hit by drink-driver Robert Blakely.


A FATHER'S heartbreaking decision, to switch off his daughter's life-support machine after a crash with a drink-driver, is featured in a video police have released today (Monday).

In the video and speaking with his wife Penny, Neal Staley, father of ten-year-old Evey - killed last year after their car was hit by a driver more than twice over the drink-drive limit and who had been smoking cannabis - speaks of the unbearable decision he faced after his daughter suffered unsurvivable injuries.

The video is the first in a series that focus on the tragedy due to be released this week to tackle drink and drug-driving this Christmas.

Tomorrow (Tuesday), Evey's aunt and uncle, Hayley and Alan Staley, will speak of how they coped in the aftermath of the accident - helping to care for Evey's older sister Ellie, who witnessed the crash.

Later videos include interviews with police officers who attended the scene of the crash, between Cowes and Newport, and the hospital consultant, who treated Neal and Penny, speaks about how the tragedy affected her.

Inspector Andy Storey said: "I’d urge everyone to watch these videos to the end. They are extremely emotive and painful to watch. But that is nothing compared to the pain and suffering the Staley family continue to experience.

"They have shown extraordinary strength in telling their story to us to help us get across this vital message, and to try and stop any other family having to suffer as they have and continue to, as a result of drink and drug driving.

"All those involved with the crash were and remain affected by it, as the videos demonstrate. 

"Evey is the reason we are wearing purple ribbons this Christmas, to remember her and all those who have died as result of drunk or drugged drivers.

"Drink and drug driving ruins lives. If you know someone who drink drives or takes drugs before getting behind the wheel, I would strongly urge you to get in touch anonymously by text on 80999 or by calling police."Don’t hesitate, just do it. You could save a life."

See the video below:

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