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Dangerous driver jailed over death of six-month-old child

|News, Driving offences

A drunk driver who smashed into another car killing a six-month-old girl has been jailed for four years.

Lucy Dyer, aged 23, failed to give way at a crossroads and drove into the side of a Vauxhall Vectra. In the back of the Vectra was six-month-old Eva Maria Nichifor, who suffered fatal injuries.

At Swansea Crown Court today Dyer pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol, and was sentenced to four years' imprisonment, disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Emma Myles, of the CPS, said: “This is a heart-breaking case which has had a profound impact on everyone involved in it.

“The life of a baby was ended when it had barely begun but, for the short and precious time that she was with them, Eva Maria was the apple of her parents’ eye, and her loss is immeasurable. Our thoughts are with Eva Maria’s family.

“Lucy Dyer, who is herself a mother, will have to live with the consequences of her actions that night for the rest of her life.”

Dyer and a relative had been drinking in the Carwyn James pub, Station Road, Llanelli, and were heading home when the crash happened shortly before 9pm on 8 October 2021. As she drove along Corporation Avenue, Dyer failed to give way at the junction with Heol Goffa, resulting in the crash.

Eva was taken to University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, where she was immediately transferred to theatre. Investigations revealed a brain stem injury which required life support intervention. She was pronounced dead at around 2pm the following day.

Dyer was arrested and later provided a specimen of breath which revealed the presence of 46 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath, the legal limit being 35 micrograms of alcohol.

Notes to editors

  • Emma Myles is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS Cymru-Wales.
  • Lucy Dyer (DOB: 28/06/1998) pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and driving with excess alcohol.
  • Sentence took place on 15 November 2021 at Swansea Crown Court. 

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