Mother charged after daughter's death

A LAWFORD woman who crashed her car in an accident in which her teenage daughter was killed is to appear in court charged with drink driving.But Wendy Jipson, 42, will not face charges in connection with the passenger fatality because prosecution officials feel she has suffered enough.

A LAWFORD woman who crashed her car in an accident in which her teenage daughter was killed is to appear in court charged with drink driving.

But Wendy Jipson, 42, will not face charges in connection with the passenger fatality because prosecution officials feel she has suffered enough.

Mrs Jipson from Colchester Road, Lawford, was behind the wheel when her Ford Escort crashed into a telegraph pole, killing her 17-year-old daughter Julia Kettle.

The accident happened on a bend shortly after midnight on March 28 while she and Ms Kettle were heading towards Braintree. Ms Kettle was certified dead at the scene.


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A post-mortem examination revealed the teenager died from multiple injuries. An inquest into her death is to be held on August 21.

Mrs Jipson was taken to Colchester General Hospital suffering from minor injuries.

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Police said it was not clear exactly when Mrs Jipson would appear before magistrates because of the timing of the inquest into her daughter's death.

But they confirmed she would face the drink driving charge.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "The reason why Wendy Jipson is not being charged for causing death by careless driving while under the influence of alcohol is that she lost a very near and dear relative.

"In these particular circumstances the CPS feel that Wendy has suffered enough grief and anguish with the loss of her daughter."

Ms Kettle lived at her Lawford home with her mother and brothers Jamie, 21, Fraser, 15, and sisters Faye, 10, and Sophie, nine.

The former Manningtree High School pupil had been working as an office junior for Bairstow Eves estate agents in Colchester for the six months prior to her death.

Headteacher Deborah Hollister also paid tribute to Ms Kettle, saying: "It is enormously sad that such a bright lady should have died at such a young age - Julia had so much to look forward to. Our thoughts are with her whole family."

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