A Welsh woman who killed a six-month-old baby while drink driving has been jailed for four years.
Lucy Dyer, of Heulwen Terrace, Llanelli pleaded guilty to killing Eva Maria Michifor at Swansea Crown Court.
The parents of the six-month-old baby, described her as a “gift from God”, Wales Online reported.
A judge jailed Dyer for four years for the incident at the Heol Goffa crossroads on October 8 of this year.
Dyfed Powys Police said it will not be releasing a picture of Dyer, saying the chief constable had considered a number of factors, including public tensions locally, and decided not to authorise its release to prevent any public order issues.
On October 8, Dyer had been drinking in the Carwyn James pub in Llanelli to mark the anniversary of her father’s death with a friend. As she left the pub she downed a drink when being told by door staff she couldn’t leave with the glass she was holding.
As she drove her blue 3 series BMW along Corporation Avenue, Dyer failed to give way at the junction and drove into the side of a Vauxhall Vectra.
Eva was in the back and suffered fatal injuries.
The baby was taken to University Hospital Wales, where she was immediately taken into theatre. Investigations revealed a brain stem injury that required life support intervention.
She was pronounced dead at around 2 pm 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 is 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres.
Prosecuting, Carina Hughes told Swansea Crown Court: “The defendant had been drinking in public houses in Llanelli where she was described as ‘merry’ and ‘boisterous’. She had to be stopped from leaving one premises she had been drinking in when she was told she could not take out the glass she had. She downed and it handed the glass to staff.
“She was driving down Corporation Avenue where witnesses say she was driving at speed. At the junction with Heol Goffa, there are clear markings and road markings. However, the defendant was observed entering Heol Goffa without even braking or giving way and she collided with the Vauxhall Vectra, causing it to rotate.
“The BMW continued in motion and mounted the pavement, before rolling backwards and hitting a lamppost causing it to bend.
“The impact caused the child’s mother to exit the car holding her baby screaming for help”.
Emergency services were called immediately to the incident. On being arrested, Dyer told police: “I have killed someone. I have killed her. I have killed a kid, haven’t I? I am never going to see my kid again. The baby is going to die, isn’t she? Oh my ******* god’. She added: “I have ruined my life’.”
Examination of the vehicle later found the front offside tyre had insufficient pressure and part of the tyre cord was exposed, although it was concluded by forensic investigators that the condition of the vehicle was not a contributory factor in the collision.
Dyer, who has her own four-year-old autistic son, has been in custody since the crash for her own protection.
After the tragedy, the words “Rot in Hell you Scum” were daubed on her front door along with dog excrement. She also had threats on social media.
Dyer told the court the “guilt will stay forever” and that she would “never intentionally harm any child.”
Dyer said: “I would like to say how truly sorry I am to the family in their tragic loss. I am truly heartbroken and devastated. The guilt will stay forever. If I had the power to turn the clock back I would. I can’t imagine all the pain that the family are going through.
“I am a caring person and I will never be able to forget this tragedy, as I know the family will also. I am truly very sorry, and I hope that one day through all of the pain, the family will be able to forgive me….may she rests in peace.”
Eva Maria’s parents Florin and Carmen, who had been living in Llanelli have now returned to Romania.
A victim impact statement was read on behalf of Eva’s mother Carmen. It said: “We came to this country to ensure a better life for my family and it ended up tearing it apart.
“In the house where we live we can’t see it without thinking of little Eva. Everywhere we look there are memories of her. The house is empty without her. We want justice for our baby because she was taken away too soon”.
Mitigating, Kate Williams said: “Nothing I say on behalf of the defendant is meant to diminish the consequences of her actions on that evening. She is acutely aware human life can’t be restored.
“A tragic irony is she had gone out because it was the anniversary of her father’s death and a friend had taken her out to take her mind off that.
“She had a few drinks and made the terrible decision to get back in the car. She made the decision I think many people have in the past that she was ok to drive and she obviously was not.
“She accepts she went through the give way junction with no braking and as a consequence of that the accident unfolded.
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“It is clear her remorse and she is devastated and it will stay with her forever. She can’t imagine the pain the family are going through and she acknowledges that pain and says she is truly sorry”.
Emma Myles from the Crown Prosecution Service 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 parent’s 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.”
Thousands of pounds were raised in a fundraiser to support the family.
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.
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