Driver who killed 13-year-old in Bermondsey jailed

By Rob Virtue on February 19, 2013 10:18 AM |

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A driver who failed to stop for police before colliding with another vehicle, killing a 13-year-old girl, has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison - just six weeks after the incident.

Devon Newell, of no fixed abode, was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Monday for causing death by dangerous driving.

The 33-year-old has also admitted to causing serious injury by dangerous driving, failing to stop for police and at the scene of an accident, as well as driving with no licence or insurance.

The crash took place at Ilderton Road in South Bermondsey on January 6. Just after 6.25pm police signalled for the Peugeot 308 to stop in Peckham.

After officers checked his details they realised he was wanted for an attack on a woman in Sussex.

Newell drove along Old Kent Road and moments later hit a VW Polo in Ilderton Road.

Wictoria Was, travelling in the rear of the car, was killed in the crash.

Newell drove away from the scene but was arrested nearby.

Speaking after the sentence, Wictoria's mother, Anna Uroda, said: "I now have to live with the thoughts of not knowing whether Wictoria would have reached her goals and ambitions in life, fulfilling her dreams, the list goes on and unfortunately so do we, but sadly without Wictoria, how I am going to manage? I do not know."

"All I do know is that Wictoria was my life; I was happy and content, now I am destroyed and ruined beyond repair, in a split second everything was taken from me, the colour of life faded away, each day I cuddle my son I search for answers, can death be a mistake, one minute you are there and in a flicker you are gone. I will always miss you Wictoria sleep tight, rest in peace knowing that I love you."