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Cerys Edwards Dies Aged 9

October 20, 2015

I am very sad to learn that Cerys Edwards has died. Hers was a case I heard of in the early days of Same Difference. It has always stayed with me and I often wondered what happened to her. RIP.

A girl left brain-damaged in a crash caused by a speeding driver has died, after being on a ventilator for almost nine years.

Cerys Edwards was 11 months old when Antonio Singh Boparan crashed into her parents’ car, leaving her needing round-the-clock care.

She died on Saturday – a month before her 10th birthday – from complications caused by an infection.

Her father told the BBC she would be sadly missed by all who knew her.

The Crown Prosecution Service said it would need a further file of evidence from the police for it to consider charging Boparan with causing death by dangerous driving.

Gareth Edwards said: “Cerys was a very happy little girl, whose cheeky smile would melt the heart of anyone present.

“She idolised her father and me her. We had a huge bond and understood each other. She loved listening to music and watching DVDs, going shopping, visiting the cinema and family holidays in Wales.

“She loved people singing and reading to her and made lots of friends who will all miss her.

“Given her injuries, she never complained and was a joy to be with.

“She was very much a people’s person and enjoyed company, was very nosey and always listened to people’s conversations even when it didn’t concern her.

“She would always watch what you were doing and would follow you round the room with her eyes. She didn’t miss a trick.

“She is and will be sadly missed by all who knew her especially her dad.”

A spokesman for Boparan said: “Antonio remains deeply remorseful of his actions as a teenager nine years ago and their tragic consequences.

“No words can appropriately convey the extent of his sorrow and regret at hearing this terrible news today.

“He sends his heartfelt condolences to Cerys’ family at this extremely difficult time.”

Boparan was 19 when he hit the Edwards’ car head-on in November 2006.

He was doing more than 70mph in a 30mph area when he crashed his Range Rover Sport in Streetly Lane, Sutton Coldfield.

Boparan, of Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield, was convicted of dangerous driving in April 2008.

He was told by Judge Frank Chapman he had shown an “arrogant disregard” for safety and jailed for 21 months. He was released under curfew conditions after serving six months.

A campaign by Mr and Mrs Edwards for tougher sentences for dangerous drivers, led to the then Justice Secretary Jack Straw proposing an increase in the maximum two-year jail term for dangerous driving to five years.

The family were awarded nearly £5m in compensation from Boparan’s insurers and £450,000 a year for the rest of her life.

Approving the payouts, Judge Martin McKenna at Birmingham’s High Court said it was “one of the saddest cases” he had ever come across.

Boparan was later jailed for a further year after admitting his part in a bar brawl which left a man blind in one eye.

He pleaded guilty to violent disorder and assault after a 22-year-old man was injured at the Nuovo Bar, Birmingham, in April 2014.

Boparan’s father, Ranjit Singh Boparan, is known as “The Chicken King” after founding the 2 Sisters Food Group.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 20, 2015 5:34 pm

    Reblogged this on lawrencerowntree.

  2. Bookworm permalink
    October 20, 2015 6:59 pm

    The driver who eventually killed her doesn’t appear to have learnt his lesson as he managed to blind a man last year.

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