A grieving mother reduced a courtroom to tears over the final goodbyes she had to say to her 14-year old daughter who was killed after a drug-fuelled hit-and-run.
A prosecution lawyer broke down with emotion as he read out a harrowing statement Vicky Orman gave to police telling of the ‘void’ left in her life after the death of daughter Mia Strothers.
Mia was walking to school for morning classes when she was hit by a BMW 318 being driven at 57mph with faulty brakes.
The driver Kevin Pryce, 45, who was under the influence of cannabis and cocaine and had no UK driving licence, then sped off.
He later told a friend that damage to his car windscreen from the impact had been caused by a yob throwing a brick at the vehicle.
Mia, from Moston, Manchester, was taken to hospital but sadly died of her injuries three days later.
In her statement read to Manchester Crown Court where Pryce was jailed for 10 years, her mother said her life was forever changed.
She said: “Mia was killed by a reckless person and everything in my life changed in that moment. I have not been the same since and I will never be the same again.
“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 7 October we knew we had to say our goodbyes.
“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.
“Every day I try my best to keep to a normal routine getting my younger daughter ready for school, but once she is there and I am back home I break down and cry.
“My world is a dark place. For the rest of my life I will feel guilt that I was not there to protect Mia when she needed it most.
”This man was reckless and heartless to leave her so injured at the side of the road. Our sense of loss is unbearable.”
The incident took place at 8.15am on October 5 last year as Mia was crossing a road on her way to North Manchester Academy.
Prosecutor Mark Kellett said Pryce was travelling along the same street at 57mph in a 30mph zone and at almost twice the speed of other vehicles.
He said the collision was caused by a ‘lack of attention, excessive speed and defective brakes.”
Pryce had claimed Mia was ‘looking the other way’ and that he had had ‘problems’ with his brakes.
Tests revealed he had both cannabis and cocaine in his system and his silver 57-plate vehicle was found not to be roadworthy with the brakes only 44 per cent effective.
Pryce, from Oldham was jailed for ten years and banned from driving for life after he admitted 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.”