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A nursery nurse was killed in a 91mph police chase after her boyfriend was spotted trying to fly a drone into Wandsworth Prison, an inquest heard.

Acacia Smith, 25, died after her boyfriend Craig Kearney, 28, crashed a silver Peugeot 206 while being pursued by police on August 9, 2016.

Police had been called after prison staff spotted the drone flying outside the prison at 3am.

Kearney crashed into a lamppost on Wandsworth Bridge Road, after hitting speeds of 91mph on 30mph roads.

The passenger seat where Miss Smith was sitting was crushed to a fifth of its size.

Miss Smith, from Acton, died instantly from her ‘wholly unsurvivable’ injuries, West London Coroner’s Court heard.

Acacia died in the high-speed crash in August 2016

Acacia was pronounced dead at the scene

 

Kearney, from Southall, admitted causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for eight years at the Old Bailey in January last year. He was also disqualified from driving for 10 years.

Assistant Coroner Catherine Wood said: “In essence, this case related to a call that the Metropolitan Police Service received a around 3am on 9 August 2016, regarding suspicious activity outside Wandsworth Prison involving the occupant of a silver Peugeot 206.

“The driver of a police vehicle identified the person and indicated to him to stop.

“The driver then drove off at speed.

Kearney beside the grave of Acacia

Craig Kearney and Acacia Smith

 

“A second police vehicle took over the pursuit.

“The officer from the second vehicle followed the Peugeot and eventually found it on its side where it had crashed in a residential property.

“The vehicle driver had serious injuries and Miss Smith was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Miss Smith’s mother, brother and other family members are attending the inquest in Fulham.

Miss Smith’s mum, Beverley Brown said in a statement read to the inquest: “For me this is not a case to be heard through and forgotten.

Kearney was jailed last year

Acacia had ambitions of opening a crèche of her own

 

“For me this is an important case this is my child.

“They say time heals all wounds but on the 9 August I experienced pain I never felt possible, and now, three years later, that pain is just as pointed as then.”

Ms Brown went on to say that her daughter would never get to experience the basic things in life like learning to drive, travelling abroad and watching her siblings grow up.

A post-mortem report concluded Miss Smith’s injuries were ‘wholly unsurvivable’ even if there had been immediate medical care following the accident.

She had worked at various nurseries in Acton and had ambitions of opening a crèche of her own.

Police at the scene of the horror crash, which happened close to Wandsworth Bridge

Kearney gave the middle finger as he arrived at court last year

 

Friends paid tribute to Miss Smith on Facebook , describing her as a ‘very special person’.

One wrote: “Caysha was beautiful inside and out. We are all going to miss her so much. Rip beautiful girl love you always xxx”.

Another said: “Rip beautiful such a humble soul, a truly lovely girl.”

Mr Kearney’s sister Carly wrote on Facebook: “To all that may know my brother and sister in law have been a massive car crash sadly my loving sister in law is no long with us and my loving brother is in hospital all prayers and love from all around rip acacia smith love so much [sic].”

The inquest continues.

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