Essex

Driver with epilepsy jailed for Thurrock M25 death

Laura Williams
Image caption Laura Williams was a front seat passenger in the Mini involved in the crash

An Essex man with epilepsy has been jailed for three-and-a-half years for causing the death of a young woman by dangerous driving.

Laura Williams, 23, died after the car Giles Furnival, 33, of Winfields, Basildon was driving struck the car she was travelling in on the M25.

Furnival, who had pleaded guilty, was sentenced at Chelmsford Crown Court.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to take an extended driving test.

Essex Police said Furnival had failed to tell the authorities about his epileptic condition.

His car hit hit Ms Williams' boyfriend's car at speed on the motorway at Thurrock on 29 September last year.

'Innocent victim'

Insp Keith Whiting said: "Our investigation showed that Mr Furnival had suffered from epilepsy since he was a teenager but had never informed the DVLA.

"He suffered several epileptic episodes every month and it appears it was only a matter of time before he suffered an episode at the wheel.

"Unfortunately Laura Williams was the innocent victim in this incident.

"She had been shopping with her boyfriend and was the front seat passenger in his car which was being driven carefully in lane one of the M25 when it was struck at speed by Furnival's vehicle returning from the hard shoulder."

He said his thoughts were with the Williams family.

"I'm sure they would join me in saying to anyone driving with an unmanaged medical condition that they should think before they drive in future before someone else is killed or seriously injured, and remember that people who cause this type of suffering face a jail sentence," he said.

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