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Driver Jailed for Killing Girl During Epileptic Fit

June 30, 2011
Posted in Number Plate News — Written by matthew.smith

Basildon Crown Court heard how a young girl died when a fellow motorist experienced an epileptic fit whilst at the wheel and crashed into her.

Laura Williams, 23, died when her boyfriend’s Mini hit the central reservation on the M25 after it was struck from behind by Giles Furnival.

Furnival had failed to inform the DVLA that he was epileptic during his application for a driving licence, nor at any point thereafter.

Ms Williams was returning from a shopping trip with her boyfriend when the accident occurred.

Furnival had spent the day at work and pulled over onto the hard shoulder when he felt unwell.

He returned to continue his journey home, when his car diverted into the nearside lane at high speed and struck the rear of the Mini.

Mr Furnival told police he had “blacked out” and during court sessions, admitted that he had caused death by dangerous driving.

Stood in the Dock at court, Mr Furnival sobbed whilst the revelation that he had experienced fits since he was 16 years old.

Working in defence of Mr Furnival, Mr Shroff revealed: “He has found it difficult to live with the pain he caused to Ms Williams’ family.”

He also told how Mr Furnival believed he had the fits under control.

Judge John Lodge explained: “Driving a motor vehicle carries with it responsibility. It is an object of immense power and a potential danger in the wrong hands.

“In your case, the vehicle was in the wrong hands.

“You took the view you knew better.

“Because of your arrogant decision, you were a tragedy waiting to happen. The accident which occurred was sadly predictable.”

In addition, Mr Furnival was banned from driving for five years and forced to undertake an extended test, plus prove he was free from seizures for a year to drive again.

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1 Comment »

  1. Judge John Lodge is insane in my opinion.

    There is a big difference between an accident and deliberate harm. The law is in proportion to the crime.

    I’ve added John Lodge to my name and shame list.

    Judge John Lodge – see you soon on camera!

    Regards
    Gavin

    Comment by Gavin — August 16, 2011 at 6:43 pm

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