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eveystaleyA 31-year-old man has been jailed for ten years today (Monday) after pleading guilty to causing the death of an innocent ten-year-old girl following a RTC in Northwood last year.

Robert Blakely of Sandown appeared at the Isle of Wight Crown Court in Newport this morning, where he pleaded guilty to causing the death by Evey Staley through careless driving while over the drink-drive limit. He had also been smoking cannabis earlier in the day.

On 24th August 2012, Blakely was driving a Ford Puma along the A3020 Cowes Road at approximately 20:30 when he collided with a Subaru Jesty, in which 10-year-old Evey Staley was a rear-seat passenger. The Subaru was pulling out of a driveway.

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Despite the best efforts of Doctors and paramedics, Evey was seriously injured and died in Southampton General Hospital the following day from a traumatic brain injury.

Her 44-year-old father, Neal, and mother Penny, aged 41, both suffered life-threatening injuries and were treated at St Mary’s Hospital, Newport. They both survived.

Blakely also received a ten year disqualification from driving and he will be required to sit an extended retest.

Robert Blakely, 33 and of Louis Road, Lake would like to make it clear he is not the same person. 

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