The 28-year-old drunk driver admits to killing famous author Olivia Riley’s stepdaughter and her three dogs in a horrific accident
A DRIVER faces jail time after admitting to causing the death of a famous author’s stepdaughter in a horrific drug accident.
Olivia Riley was mowed down and killed ChelseaSouth West London, along with her two Labradors and a Golden Retriever.
The 41-year-old was the stepdaughter of bestselling author Lucinda Riley, who wrote the Seven Sisters series Books.
Laszlo Dancs, 28, appeared at the Old Bailey today where he pleaded guilty to the crime Death through dangerous driving.
He also admitted to driving under the influence of alcohol on a controlled prescription drug and driving in excess of the alcohol limit.
Dancs had 128 mg of benzoylecgonine – the breakdown of cocaine in the body – in his system and 137 milligrams of alcohol in a blood sample, which is above the legal limit of 80 milligrams.
The pizza restaurant worker, who denied denying a breathalyzer test that remains on file, was released on bail before sentencing on July 28.
Olivia was walking her dogs on Cheyne Walk on May 14 last year when Dancs hit her with his Audi TT.
Tragically, she could not be rescued and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Numerous honors poured in for the dog owner, who managed her stepmother’s estate after her death Cancer in 2021.
Her sister wrote on Facebook: “Early [on Saturday] My sister Livi did what she loved: walking her three dogs, which everyone knows was her pride.
“It is heartbreaking that she was involved in a fatal accident in Chelsea and died at the scene.”
“Livi was the brightest light in the lives of everyone she knew, a ray of positivity that shone wherever she went.
“It’s hard to put into words how special, magical and loving she was.
“Your legacy lives on hearts of her loving family and friends, whom she touched with her unwavering spirit and kindness.
While her Uncle Mark said, “She was beautiful, fun-loving, she just lit up the room for everyone.”
“She had to deal with the recent death of her stepmother. The course of events is just awful.
“Livi just made everyone laugh, she was the most pleasant person to ever meet.
“Certainly the tributes that have poured in … all say the same thing, that she was one in a million and no one can come to terms with this tragedy, this loss. She saw the best in everyone and lived life to the fullest.”