Man convicted of causing 2019 fatal collision in Loughton

Police have secured the conviction of a dangerous driver who caused a collision in Loughton which left two people dead.

Whilst on routine patrol in the early hours of Saturday August 24, 2019, officers discovered the silver BMW M3 that Kane Faulkner-Wild had been driving which had left the road and hit a tree in Goldings Hill.

Front seat passenger Sophia Khan, 16, and 21-year-old Max Halcrow, both from Loughton, were both fatally injured.

Upon impact, a 16-year-old girl sitting in the rear, was thrown from the car.

The passenger sitting behind the driver’s seat – a 17-year-old girl – was trapped.

Both were taken to a London hospital after sustaining life changing injuries.

Faulkner-Wild was found walking away from the driver’s door, with only minor injuries.

He denied driving the vehicle after a night out drinking.

Following a thorough investigation by the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, Faulkner-Wild, of St Johns Road, Epping, was charged with a number of offences. He denied all charges when he appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on December 12 last year.

During the trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, the jury heard how investigating officers calculated the car was travelling far in excess of the 40 mph speed limit when it crashed and that Faulkner-Wild’s blood alcohol level showed he was above the drink driving limit.

On Tuesday December 1, the jury found Kane Faulkner-Wild, now 23, guilty of the following offences:

• Two counts of causing death by dangerous driving; 

• Two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving; 

He is due to be sentenced next month.

Scene of the crash in which two people died

Detective Sergeant Sam Nason said: “The deaths of Sophia Khan and Max Halcrow were tragic and completely preventable.  Two other young people were left with serious life changing injuries.

“Kane Faulkner-Wild should not have got behind the wheel that night after he knew that he had been drinking and wasn’t safe to do so.

“Despite denying his involvement in causing the collision, the jury heard that our investigation proved he was the driver and fully responsible.

“Two families will now live with the knowledge that their daughter and son were taken too soon.”

The result of the trial came on the same day that Essex Police launched its Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign.


Mick Ferris

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