Driver who crashed into Wimbledon school killing two girls, 8, had seizure at the wheel

A Land Rover Defender crashed into The Study Preparatory School in Camp Road in Wimbledon
-Credit: (Image: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

The driver of a car that crashed into a school killing two eight-year-old girls in South West London will face no criminal charges after it was found she lost control when she suffered an epileptic seizure behind the wheel. Nuria Sajjad and fellow eight-year-old pupil Selena Lau died after the crash at The Study Prep school in Wimbledon on July 6 last year.

Several others were also injured when the 4×4 crashed through a fence and collided with a building. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) says the driver has voluntarily surrendered her licence and, following her diagnosis, will need to be a year free of any seizures before she can reapply to the DVLA for one again.

Trevor Sterling, lawyer for the families, said: “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?

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School photo of Nuria Sajjad in uniform
Nuria Sajjad was killed -Credit:Family handout/Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

"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.”

'There is nothing to suggest the driver could have done anything'

Jaswant Narwal, Chief Crown Prosecutor with oversight of the CPS London Homicide Unit, said: "The death of a child is an unthinkable tragedy for any parent. On behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service, I extend my sincere and heartfelt condolences to both bereaved families who have suffered the devastating loss of their children, Nuria and Selena.

“We have carefully considered this complex and sensitive case, taking into consideration all the material gathered as part of the lengthy and detailed police investigation. The driver of the vehicle had an epileptic seizure behind the wheel, which caused her to lose control of the vehicle which then drove into the school.

School photo of Selena Lau in uniform
Selena Lau was also killed after the car crashed into her school -Credit:Family handout/Metropolitan Police/PA Wire

"There is no evidence the driver had ever suffered a similar seizure before and she had no previously diagnosed medical condition. 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.

“Throughout this process we have met with the bereaved families on several occasions, to ensure they are kept informed of the case progress and to fully explain the decision we have made. 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.”

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