Driver who crashed into Wimbledon faculty killing two women won’t face expenses after having epileptic match | EUROtoday

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The driver of a automobile that crashed into a faculty, killing two eight-year-old women, will face no legal expenses after it was discovered she had suffered an epileptic match behind the wheel.

Nuria Sajjad and Selena Lau died and several other others had been injured when the 4×4 crashed via a fence and collided with a constructing in Wimbledon, southwest London.

The driver of the automobile, which hit the Study Prep School on 6 July final 12 months, expressed her “deepest sorrow” and stated she had no recollection of what passed off after shedding consciousness when she an epileptic seizure on the wheel.

Driver Claire Freemantle stated: “Since I became aware of the terrible event that took place on 6 July, the devastating consequences for all those affected have not left my thoughts and will be with me for the rest of my life.

“I have since been diagnosed as having suffered an epileptic seizure with loss of consciousness. This was not a pre-existing condition. As a result of losing consciousness, I have no recollection of what took place.”

Police officers set up cordon line after the 4x4 crahsed into the primary school in Wimbledon, London, in July 2023
Police officers arrange cordon line after the 4×4 crahsed into the first faculty in Wimbledon, London, in July 2023 (Copyright 2023 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

She added: “I can only express my deepest sorrow for the families who have suffered such dreadful loss and injury.

“As a mother, I understand there can be no words that adequately express the pain and loss resulting from what happened in those horrendous moments while I was unconscious.

“My heartfelt sympathy goes out to all of the children and families affected, and especially to the parents of Nuria Sajjad and Selena Lau.”

But the ladies’ households forged doubt on the thoroughnesss of the investigation.

“We remain unconvinced that the Crown Prosecution Service have reached a decision based on all the facts. Justice has neither been done, nor has been seen to be done today. Nuria and Selena deserved better.” they stated in a joint assertion.

The Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that the driving force had no earlier analysis, and had not had a seizure earlier than.

Chief crown prosecutor Jaswant Narwal stated: “Because there is nothing to suggest the driver could have done anything to predict or prevent this tragedy, it is not in the public interest to pursue a criminal prosecution.

“In reaching this decision we have considered the driver’s full medical records, obtained by police, and received evidence from neurological specialists, who agreed that the driver had a seizure and that this was the first such medical episode she had experienced.”

He stated the CPS had met the bereaved households a number of occasions to make sure they had been saved knowledgeable of the case progress and to completely clarify the choice.

“Our thoughts remain with them today, as well as with the other injured victims and the wider school community upon whom this tragic incident has had a profound impact,” Mr Narwal stated.

However, Trevor Sterling, a lawyer for the households, stated of the choice: “This is disappointing; justice must not only be done, but seen to be done.

“In the absence of a process, how do we interrogate the evidence? What does this message send to the public that deaths can arise in a road traffic situation, and there could be no sanction because there is no process to interrogate the evidence?

“The next focus will be on the inquest, and there will be a deep and thorough review of the evidence, which will be examined by a jury if necessary.”

Ms Freemantle’s solicitor, Mark Jones, stated: “This is one of the most tragic cases I have dealt with. Our hearts go out to the families involved who have suffered unutterable loss and dreadful injury.

“Although she was at the wheel when this shocking accident happened, she was in no sense in control of the vehicle. This incident was through absolutely no fault of her own.”

Detective Chief Superintendent Clair Kelland, answerable for policing for southwest London, stated: “This was a deeply tragic incident, the circumstances of which caused widespread shock and sadness.

“The families of Nuria and Selena – who we know are greatly loved and missed – are always in our thoughts, but particularly so in the light of this development.

“Throughout the course of this investigation they have been supported by dedicated family liaison officers. Those officers were present earlier today when the outcome was relayed to the families by the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service), and they will continue to support them in any way they can going forward.

“I previously met with both families and have offered to meet them again should they have unanswered questions about the investigation following this outcome.

“Following a lengthy, detailed and complex investigation, a file of evidential material was passed to the CPS for them to consider whether charges were appropriate.

“Having carefully examined all of the information received, they have now confirmed the driver will not face charges.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/wimbledon-school-driver-crash-charges-epileptic-fit-cps-b2569335.html