Stepdaughter of famous author Lucinda Riley and her three dogs killed in horror drunk-driving crash

24 May 2023, 08:57

Lucinda Riley's stepdaughter wa skilled by a man driving three times the speed limit in Chelsea while high and drunk
Lucinda Riley's stepdaughter wa skilled by a man driving three times the speed limit in Chelsea while high and drunk. Picture: Met Police/Getty

By Chay Quinn

A pizza restaurant worker has admitted killing Lucinda Riley's step-daughter Olivia in his Audi TT while driving high and drunk.

Olivia Riley, 41, was walking her three golden retrievers in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, when they were struck by Laszlo Dancs' out of control vehicle in May 2022.

Dancs was travelling at three times the 20mph speed limit in the area.

Londoner Dancs admitted causing death by dangerous driving a yesterday as the Riley family watched on at the Old Bailey.

The driver admitted drink and drug driving too but denied failing to provide a breath sample yesterday.

The scene of the May 2022 crash where Olivia lost her life
The scene of the May 2022 crash where Olivia lost her life. Picture: PA

Read More: Uncle of car crash victim killed moments before Cardiff riot says nephew and his friend are 'dead because of police'

Read More: Boy, 4, pictured for first time after being killed in car crash along with mother and her friend

Acton-born Dancs will return to the Old Bailey to be sentenced on July 28.

Judge Philip Katz led the trial which heard that Olivia died at the scene of the crash - with her three dogs succumbing to their injuries later.

The judge granted Dancs continued conditional bail but told him the "chances are" he will be sent to prison.

After Olivia's death, her uncle Mark Riley said she was “beautiful, fun-loving” woman who “just lit up the room for everybody”.

Northern Irish literary sensation Lucinda Riley died just 11 months before the fatal crash - with Olivia mourning her after she had worked for her step-mother as a literary assistant.

At the time of Lucinda's death, Olivia said: “Certainly the tributes that have been pouring in, they are all saying the same thing, that she was one in a million and nobody can come to terms with this tragedy, this loss.

"She saw the best in everyone and lived life to the full."

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Muslim pilgrims standing at the top of the rocky hill known as the Mountain of Mercy

Muslim pilgrims converge at Mount Arafat for worship as Hajj reaches its peak

Bob Bell confronted the robber

'Hero' shop worker jumps in to grab gun-toting robber threatening female colleague, as mother-in-law praises 'lovely boy'

Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky, arrives at Zurich airport in Switzerland

World leaders to meet at Swiss resort on possible Ukraine peace roadmap

David Cameron has warned that Nigel Farage is trying to destroy the Conservative party

General Election LIVE: Cameron warns Farage is 'trying to destroy the Conservatives', as Labour tackles NHS

The coach of one of the boys said he was 'not a monster'

'He's not a monster - he just didn't have the right role models,' claims boxing coach of 12-year-old machete murderer

Wayne Lineker was punched

Wayne Lineker's 'own brand of excess and drunkenness' to blame for attack that saw him knocked out, politician says

Alan Bates, Imelda Staunton and Tracey Emin were given honours in the birthday list

Post Office campaigner Alan Bates knighted in Birthday Honours, as Imelda Staunton and Tracey Emin made dames


Domestic abuse cases during Euros ‘could double’ as police seek to understand link between football and violence

Three drones have been seized by Merseyside Police after they were flown over Taylor Swift's concert in Liverpool's Anfield Stadium

Three drones seized after being flown over Taylor Swift's concerts at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium

Alex Jones speaking to the media after arriving at court in Houston, Texas, for a hearing in front of a bankruptcy judge on Friday

Judge rules Alex Jones’ assets to be sold to help pay Sandy Hook debt

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa raises his hands in parliament after being re-elected for a second term

Cyril Ramaphosa re-elected as South African president for second term after deal

Co-founder of Ozy Media, Carlos Watson arrives at Brooklyn Federal Court, for an earlier hearing

Google chief gives evidence at fraud trial of Ozy Media founder

Post Office campaigner Alan Bates given knighthood in King’s Birthday Honours

Post Office campaigner Alan Bates knighted in King’s Birthday Honours but says he isn't a 'hero'

Justice Department

US attorney general will not be prosecuted for contempt of Congress

A 12-year-old child was injured at the Valkea shopping centre in Oulu after a stabbing

'Far-right' knifeman attacks two children at Finnish shopping centre, leaving 12-year-old seriously wounded

The leaders of France left-wing coalition for the upcoming election Green Party Yannick Jadot, Communist Party national secretary Fabien Roussel, Socialist Party Secretary General Olivier Faure Presid

France’s leftist alliance leaders vow to ‘extinguish the flame’ of far right