‘Heartbroken’ mother says life is ‘unbearable’ as cocaine-fuelled hit-and-run driver is jailed for 10 years for killing her daughter, 14, on her way to school while he drove at twice speed limit
- Mia Strothers suffered fatal injuries and died three days after hit-and-run crash
- Her mother Vicky Orman said she will ‘never be the same again’ as driver jailed
- Kevin Pryce, 45, jailed for ten years and banned from driving for life after crash
A ‘heartbroken’ mother whose teenage daughter died after she was hit by a speeding driver under the influence of drugs has described how her ‘sense of loss is unbearable.’
Mia Strothers, 14, suffered fatal injuries and died three days after the hit-and-run, which took place as she walked to school in Moston, North Manchester, in October.
In a statement read as driver Kevin Pryce was jailed for ten years at Manchester Crown Court, Mia’s mother Vicky Orman said she ‘will never be the same again’.
‘Mia was killed by a reckless person and everything in my life changed in that moment,’ she said. ‘I have not been the same since and I will never be the same again.’
Pryce, 45, was under the influence of cannabis and cocaine when he crashed into Mia in his BMW 318, which was being driven at twice the speed limit with faulty brakes.
Mia Strothers (pictured), 14, suffered fatal injuries after the hit-and-run, which took place as she walked to school in Moston, North Manchester, in October
Mia, described as ‘beautiful, kind and very much loved’, was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries three days later
He fled the scene following the impact, later telling a friend that damage sustained to the windscreen was instead caused by someone throwing a brick at the vehicle.
Mia, described as ‘beautiful, kind and very much loved’, was rushed to hospital but died of her injuries three days later.
In her statement, Ms Orman described how Mia had left to go to school ‘feeling happy, fit and well’, adding: ‘but that day she did not return home.’
She said: ‘Later that morning I got a call saying she had been seriously injured after being hit by a car, but did not realise how serious her injuries would turn out to be.
‘When I arrived she lay there in her black fur coat covered in blood, an image that will haunt me for the rest of my life. I hoped paramedics would make her better and that everything would be OK but that did not happen.
‘She was taken to intensive care and for the next three days we sat by her side living a nightmare. I hoped and prayed that she would recover and pull through as she was a strong, healthy girl and there was hope, but by October 7 we knew we had to say our goodbyes.
‘My daughter was gone for ever. To walk away from the hospital leaving my beautiful girl there was unreal. I could not comprehend the situation.
In a statement read as driver Kevin Pryce (pictured) was jailed for ten years at Manchester Crown Court, Mia’s mother Vicky Orman said she ‘will never be the same again’
Pryce, 45, was under the influence of cannabis and cocaine when he crashed into Mia in his BMW 318, which was being driven at twice the speed limit with faulty brakes. Pictured: Police at the scene
‘I was, and still am heartbroken. How does a mum accept the death of one of her children? There is a void in my life that will never be filled, and it is hard to imagine a future without Mia.
‘This man was reckless and heartless to leave her so injured at the side of the road. Our sense of loss is unbearable.’
The tragedy took pace on October 5 as Mia crossed a road on her way to North Manchester Academy.
Prosecutor Mark Kellett told the court Pryce was driving down the 30mph street at nearly double the speed limit at the time.
‘He appeared to be going faster than cars normally would and didn’t break, swerve or react to the pedestrian,’ said Mr Kellett. ‘His car hit the girl, throwing her into the air and yet he kept going without slowing down.
‘The victim was on the phone to a friend shortly before she was hit. She talked about what she had done over the weekend and then said ‘one second’ as she always does before crossing the road.
‘The collision was not caused by the victim not looking before stepping into the road – but the defendant’s lack of attention, excessive speed and defective brakes.’
Pryce later drove to a friend’s house, before heading to a nearby garage to ask the price of a new windscreen. He then turned himself in to police.
He claimed he had ‘problems’ with his brakes, which were later shown to be only 44 per cent effective.
In her statement, Ms Orman (seen with Mia) described how Mia had left to go to school ‘feeling happy, fit and well’, adding: ‘but that day she did not return home’
Inquiries revealed he knew the brakes were defective as two weeks earlier he had asked mechanics to estimate the cost of repairs.
Tests also proved he had three micrograms of cannabis per litre of blood plus 47mg of cocaine in his system at the time.
Police found Mia would still be alive if he had been travelling within the speed limit.
The teenager’s father Daniel Strothers said in a statement: ‘I cannot comprehend how another person could leave a child on the roadside to die.
‘The thought of her lying in the road kills me. Family is everything to me and I have worked so hard to provide for them. He will one day be free and I will not.
‘As I am concerned, my life ended when Mia died.’
Security worker Pryce, from Oldham, was banned from driving for life and jailed for ten years after admitting causing death by dangerous driving, failure to stop, driving without a licence and driving with no insurance.
Sentencing, Judge Hilary Manley told him: ‘Mia Strothers was a happy, dearly loved 14-year-old who was cherished and treasured by her family.
‘Just a second before she was struck by you, she was chatting happily to a school friend and was looking forward to moving to a new family home with more space to enjoy.
‘She had her whole life ahead of her but in the space of seconds, you ripped her from her family, leaving behind devastation, despair and bleak emptiness.
‘Had you kept to the speed limit Mia would still be alive.’
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