Man convicted of killing 13-year-old girl by dangerous driving

18/02/2013

Devon Newell was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years imprisonment today at Woolwich Crown Court after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Alison Saunders, CPS London's Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "Newell's dangerous driving on 6 January ended in tragic consequences.

"He paid no regard to other road users or pedestrians as he drove at grossly excessive speed, at some points over 60mph, driving on the wrong side of the road and through two sets of red traffic lights in a residential area of south east London.

"This resulted in him hitting a car containing a family of four. Such was the force of the impact that a 13 year old girl in the back seat was killed and her father seriously injured. He then fled the scene but was caught by officers after a short chase.

"The strong case built against him and the overwhelming evidence left Newell no choice but to plead guilty.

"His actions have ripped apart a family and our thoughts are with them at this tragic time.

"CPS London is committed to bringing strong prosecutions to rid the capital's roads of drivers who put the lives of others at risk."

Background

Newell also pleaded guilty to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop for police, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving with no insurance and driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.