The hard-hitting message of the consequences of drink driving is being delivered to shoppers in Newport today, as the wreckage of a fatal crash that claimed the life of 10-year-old Evey Staley is displayed for the first time.
The blue Subaru Justy, pictured, was severely damaged in the fatal crash back on 24th August 2012. The incident claimed the life of innocent Ryde School pupil Evey, who was travelling in the vehicle with her parents as they pulled out of their driveway on Newport Road near Northwood.
Robert Blakely, who was high on drugs and had been drinking, smashed into the side of the vehicle, destroying the small hatchback and later claiming the life of Penny and Neal’s daughter.
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
Today, the vehicle has been on display in St James’ Square, Newport and has been accompanied by officers from the Isle of Wight Roads Policing Unit, paramedics from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service and community safety staff from the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service – three emergency services that attended the heartbreaking scene in August of last year.
Members of the public have been able to speak to officers to gain advice and guidance to keep them safe this festive season, and officers have also explained the Purple Ribbon Campaign as well as handing out leaflets which tell Evey’s story.
The display will also visit Ryde and Cowes over the next week.
If you suspect a drink driver, you can report them by texting the anonymous text service on 80999.