JAILED: Devon Newell
THE MOTHER of a 13-year-old girl who was killed after a driver crashed into a car during a police pursuit has spoken of her devastation in a statement given in court.
Devon Newell caused the death of Wictoria Karolina Was, in New Cross, south-east London on January 6. The teenager from Broxbourne, Enfield had been in the car with her mother, four year-old-brother and her mother’s partner when the collision occurred in Ilderton Road.
The 33-year-old, who pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving at Woolwich Crown Court, was sentenced to eight-and-a-half years in addition to a further two years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
In a statement the victim's mother, Anna Uroda, described her daughter as a "sensible young girl full of life, my beautiful little princess".
She said: "The river of tears has not stopped flowing since 6 January when Wictoria was taken from us. My insides have been ripped out, the pain is unbearable, a fire burning internally 24 hours a day, all emotions and purpose of life have become a mystery.”
"Tell me how I tell Max, my young son, that he will never see his loving sister again. The questions 'Where is Wictoria?, I want Wictoria, I love Wictoria' - it tears me apart every day. I am sorry there are no words that describe the hatred I have towards the person that took Wictoria's life so violently." She continued.
Ms Uroda concluded: "Wictoria was the everlasting burning flame of my life; this flame was blown out in a moment, no flicker just taken from us so violently, how can I find it in my heart to forgive? The day Wictoria's heart stopped beating so did mine. Without Wictoria my life is incomplete, I will be tortured for the rest of my life, every day I face in darkness."
CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, Alison Saunders, described Newell’s driving as being at a “grossly excessive speed” as well as driving on the wrong side of the road and through two sets of traffic lights
Newell also admitted to further offences including failing to stop for police, failing to stop at the scene of an accident, driving with no insurance and driving with no license.
He has been banned from driving for six years.