Crime & the Law

Epileptic mother sentenced for death of her child in Plumstead road crash

Kings Highway in Plumstead. Image: Google Street View.

A mother who admitted causing the death of her infant girl by dangerous driving has been given a suspended prison sentence at the Old Bailey.

45-year-old Chidinma Anya from Thamesmead was driving her older three-year-old child, and 18-month-old Eugenia, when her car collided with a van on Kings Highway in November 2015.

It was alleged she was driving erratically at about 50 mph in a 30mph zone

Eugenie later died in hospital.

Anya was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving, and nine months’ imprisonment for causing serious injury by dangerous driving to the van driver Dean Snow.

The judge decided that the sentences should run concurrently and be suspended for two years.

She’s been disqualified from driving for ten years, and will need to take extended driving test if she reapplies for her licence.

The court heard that Anya had epilepsy and was obliged to consult with her doctor and the DVLA before driving.

She’d assured the DVLA that she had no medical conditions.

Eugenia had also not been put in a seat deemed suitable for a baby.

The officer who led the investigation for the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, DC Suzanne Gates, said:

This is a tragic case where a mother’s actions have led to the death of her young baby and put into serious danger the life of her other child and the van driver she collided with. This case draws attention to the importance of ensuring that the correct child safety restraints are used whilst travelling on the roads.



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