Important breakthrough a year after 16-year-old girl and man die in crash

A man has been charged and is due in court almost a year after a 16-year-old girl and a man died in a crash.

On August 24, 2019, 16-year-old Sophia Khan and 21-year-old Max Halcrow were killed in the crash on Goldings Hill, Loughton.

Two other teenage girls, who were aged 16 and 17 at the time, were also seriously injured and have been left with life-changing injuries following the crash with a tree.

Now, 360 days on, the driver of the BMW M3 has been charged in connection to the deaths.

Kane Faulkner-Wild, 22 and of Connaught Avenue, Chingford, has today (Wednesday August 19) been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving, two counts of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, two counts of causing death whilst uninsured and two counts of causing death by careless driving whilst over the drink driving limit.

He will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on December 16.

‘Shocked and devastated’

Following the fatal crash, friends and family of Sophia and Max paid tribute to them.

Sharon Jenner, head teacher at Roding Valley High School, paid tribute to the pair.

She said: “We are all shocked and devastated by the news of the tragic loss of student Sophia Khan.

Max was just 21-years-old
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“She was a bright, friendly, fun loving 16-year-old girl, who had only just completed her GCSEs with us. She had a whole life ahead of her with aspirations to complete a legal secretarial course later this year.

“We are further saddened to learn that 21-year-old Max Halcrow has also lost his life in this tragic road accident. Max was a former Roding Valley fellow student who left the school in 2014.

“It is a terrible tragedy to have lost two such lovely young people from the school community. Our thoughts remain with their families at this most heart breaking and distressing time.”

Essex Live