Ten-Year-Old Girl Killed By Drunk Driver High On Drugs Saves Six Lives With Organ Donation

14/08/2014 16:48 | Updated 22 May 2015
Little girl killed by drug and drink addled driver saves six other lives

The organs of a 'fragile little girl' killed by a driver have saved six people's lives.

Drunk and high on drugs, Robert Blakely, 31, crashed his Ford Puma into the Subaru Justy that 10-year-old Evey Staley was travelling in near Cowes on the Isle of Wight in August last year.

Her parents, Neil and Penny, branded Blakely's 10-year jail sentence an 'insult' and said their 'fragile little girl' did not stand a chance of survival in the horror smash, which they say was 'totally avoidable'.

"The circumstances in which we lost Evey make it even harder to accept her death," they said. "They were wholly avoidable and the responsibility of one individual who has devastated our close and loving family.

"Robert Blakely made a conscious decision to drink and drive that day. When he killed Evey he was speeding and he was over twice the legal drink drive limit and he had a banned substance in his system as well."

The family said they are only just beginning to face up to life without their little girl.

"Our battle to deal with our loss has only just begun - it's a horrible, stomach churning, tearful and emotional place we never wished to be in," they said.

"Evey's sister Eleanor has been our rock, she keeps us going and we are so immensely proud of her for the way she has carried herself throughout such a devastating and traumatic time. She has dealt with situations and has seen things that no 15-year-old should ever have to deal with."

The Staleys said they were 'proud' their daughter's organs had been used to save the lives of six recipients, aged from 27 weeks to 42 years old.

"Giving permission to switch off her life support and being asked to consider organ donations will haunt us forever," they told the Daily Mail. "Her heart was used to give life to a one year old. For that we are extremely proud."

Jailing Blakely for 10 years, the judge at Newport Crown Court also handed down a decade-long driving ban and an order to take an extended test should he wish to drive again.

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