Dad devastated as man accused of killing daughter in drunk crash goes on the run

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A British dad whose daughter died in an alleged drink drive crash in the US has hit out after her alleged killer went on the run.

Tragic Chloe Robertson, 21, was fatally injured when the Uber she was travelling was struck from behind in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The criminology student died at the scene of the crash in January.

Aaron Sims, 26, was charged with causing homicide by vehicle. He is alleged to have been high on cannabis and more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

Sims, from New Jersey, was released on bail – but has now vanished after the Covid-19 crisis caused delays to the court case.

Chloe’s devastated dad David Robertson, 53, originally of Largs, Ayrshire, has told how his family feels robbed of justice.

The property investor moved to Clermont, Florida, in 2003 with his wife Anita, 55, Chloe and her 26-year-old sister Lauren.

He said: “Chloe’s death has destroyed our family and the driver accused of killing her is still running around free.

“This guy killed my youngest daughter.

“We thought he would hold his hands up, admit what he had done and show some remorse.

“But instead he ran and he’s still evading police and in hiding somewhere.

“So our family aren’t able to hold him accountable for what he did. There’s no justice for us, no justice for Chloe.”

At the time of her death Chloe was studying at West Virginia University and had gone on a trip with a friend to Philadelphia.

She was due to be maid of honour at her sister Lauren’s wedding in April.

After her death, Chloe’s boyfriend Bryce Tamborra also told her family that the pair had been planning on getting engaged after graduation.

David added: “A lot of good things were about to happen for Chloe but now none of it will.

“She doesn’t get to graduate, or be at her sister’s wedding. She doesn’t get to come stay with us while she decides her next move in life, something we were really looking forward to.

She doesn’t get to get engaged, she’s never going to be a mother, she’s never going to be an aunt.

“Her life has been ripped from us. Her death has destroyed my wife Anita.

“For us now just getting through the day is just so difficult.”

Chloe – who was born in Eastbourne, Sussex – had been Facetiming Bryce when the car she was in was hit.

Her possessions were taken to hospital with her injured friend whilst her body was taken to the morgue, leaving her family hoping she was still alive.

Chloe suffered broken femurs, a broken arm, four pelvic fractures and lacerations to her forehead in the crash.

David’s sister Kaye Robertson, who lives in Largs, told of her family’s heartbreak when they discovered that Chloe had been killed.

Kaye, 53, said: “Chloe had been out with her friend, had a good night and then did the right thing which was to get an Uber home.

“She was on a video call with her Bryce at the time the car was hit.

“As soon as it happened he called Chloe’s sister Lauren and then her parents and they started trying to work out what had happened and where Chloe would be.

“Her sister Lauren could see Chloe’s phone was at a hospital through the track my phone app so they were calling the hospital wanting to know what was happening.

“The hospital kept saying they didn’t have anyone there with Chloe’s name but another young woman had been brought in.

“We later found out that as Chloe died at the scene she wasn’t taken to the hospital, she was taken to the morgue but her phone and belongings went to the hospital with her friend.

“Sims was arrested on the scene. He was kept in prison for two days but then he was released pending the investigation. Then Covid hit and there have been all sorts of delays.

“However when the police were finally ready to arrest him they were told by his lawyer he was going to present himself at the police station.

“But he didn’t and when they went to pick him up he had vanished.

“Now due to different jurisdictions in America, the state troopers have said that the only way to catch him now is if he’s picked up on a violation like a speeding or parking violation.

“But it’s unlikely they’ll be putting any resources into tracking him down.

“It’s a waiting game for the family. They can’t move on with their lives and they can’t get justice for Chloe.”

After police failed to trace Sims in his home state of New Jersey, they notified US Marshals.

He’s now on Philadelphia’s Crime Stoppers wanted list, with a possible cash reward for information.

A notice on their website appealing for information states: “There is an active, full extradition, arrest warrant for Aaron Sims, 26 years old of Camden, NJ.

“The suspect Aaron Sims, of Camden NJ, was leaving his cousins house on the 1400 Block of Brown St, in Philadelphia at over two times the legal limit.

“Sims also had THC in his blood and was a recent user of illegal Marijuana.”