Drink-driver, 23, who killed girl, 16, and friend, 21, is jailed
18th January 2022

Drink-driver, 23, who killed girl, 16, he was trying to impress and friend, 21, when he smashed BMW into tree is jailed for more than eight years

  • Drink-driver jailed for eight and a half years after he killed friend and girl, 16 
  • Kane Faulkner-Wild, 23, ploughed BMW into tree in 2019 near Loughton, Essex
  • Sophia Khan and Max Halcrow, 21, lost their lives and two others were injured
  • Faulkner-Wild was jailed for more than eight years and disqualified from driving

A drink-driver who killed his friend and a 16-year-old girl ‘he was trying to impress’ after he ploughed his high-powered BMW into a tree has been jailed for eight and a half years.

Kane Faulkner-Wild, 23, was driving fast and had his hand on Sophia Khan’s leg just seconds before the tragic crash that killed her and 21-year-old Max Halcrow.

Two other teen passengers in the car suffered severe injuries in the crash, which happened in the early hours of the morning in Loughton, Essex on August, 24 2019.

Kane Faulkner-Wild lied that Sophia, 16, was driving the 4L-engine BMW M3 – but his DNA was found on the driver-side airbag and door handle. 

Faulkner-Wild was sentenced to eight years and six months in prison at Chelmsford Crown Court today after he was found guilty in December of causing death by dangerous driving.

At a hearing on January 6, prosecutor Meyrick Williams told how Faulkner-Wild was around two times over the drink-drive limit.

Kane Faulkner-Wild, 23, was driving fast and had his hand on Sophia Khan’s leg just seconds before the tragic crash that killed her and 21-year-old Max Halcrow

He lied that Sophia, 16, was driving the 4L-engine BMW M3 – but his DNA was found on the driver-side airbag and door handle

Two other teen passengers in the car suffered severe injuries in the crash, which happened in the early hours of the morning in Loughton, Essex on August, 24 2019. Pictured: 21-year-old footballer, Max Halcrow

The court heard that Faulkner-Wild was ‘trying to impress’ Sophia by and in the seconds before the crash, Max told him to ‘slow down or we’re all going to die’.

Mr Williams said: ‘The car travelled for 50-100 metres along the verge before colliding with the tree, causing catastrophic damage to the car.

‘The impact caused their deaths. It caused the rear of the car to end up almost at a right angle to the front of the car.’

The car’s airbags were discharged but Sophia, who was in the passenger seat, and Max, in the back seat, both died in the crash.

Passengers Alana Cooper and Mae Hunt, then aged 16 and 17, suffered severe injuries and spent weeks recovering in hospital.

A passing police car passed the scene within minutes and officers found Faulkner-Wild standing outside the car. He was later found to have around 149mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – around twice the legal limit.

Speaking after the verdict, Max Halcrow’s family paid tribute to the young footballer as a ‘gorgeous boy with a kind heart’.

They criticised Faulkner-Wild for failing to tell the truth about who was driving the car.

A full family statement read: ‘No words can describe the loss of our Max. He loved and lived life to the fullest with music, friends and football.

The car’s airbags were discharged but Sophia, who was in the passenger seat, and Max, in the back seat, both died in the crash 

Officers set up a police cordon at the scene of the fatal collision in Loughton, Essex in 2019

‘Max was a gorgeous boy with a kind heart and bright future.

‘Our family for over two years have been put through a needless trial due to coercive behaviour along with a total lack of empathy, which caused us to relive the day Max died.

‘This could have been avoided if the truth had been told at the start. Max might not be here but he will always be with us.’

Nourin Khan, Sophia’s mum, told the court: ‘She didn’t even have a chance to live her life.

‘Her dream to become a criminal lawyer was never realised. Her friends loved her and adored her.’

Alongside the jail sentence, Faulkner-Wild was disqualified from driving for 10 years and eight months.

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