Learner driver jailed for killing Eastbrook School pupil Thomas Stone

A learner driver who ran over and killed a 13-year-old cyclist in a private car park in Dagenham has been jailed for 12 months.

Nadia Roberts, 21, ploughed into schoolboy Thomas Stone when she mixed up her brake and accelerator.

The victim, who was playing in the car park with four friends, was knocked off his bike and trapped under her Toyota Celica where he died from asphyxiation.

At the time Roberts, of Cowper Road, Rainham, was having an unofficial driving lesson from her boyfriend Mark Headley, 37, also of Cowper Road, Rainham, who has been jailed for eight months for his part in the offence.

Police arrived at the scene in Bell Farm Avenue, Dagenham, last May 17 to find her crying hysterically and trying to get the victim to respond.

She later admitted causing death by careless driving and driving without a license or insurance while Headley admitted aiding and abetting her in driving without a license or insurance.

In a statement read out in court on Friday, Mr Stone’s mother Jane Gelderbloem said the words did not exist to express what she had lost.

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