Coventry lorry driver denies killing two women on M25 who left car following a puncture

A Coventry man has appeared in court charged with the death of two women following a crash on the M25 in Essex. At around 11.20pm on March 19 last year, a collision involving a HGV and an Audi car took place between junctions 26 and 27 of the M25 near Waltham Abbey. The accident took place on the anti-clockwise carriageway and two woman were pronounced dead at the scene.

The victims were named as 49-year-old Sevim Ustun and 68-year-old Ayse Ustun, both of Northdrift Way in Luton. A 10-year-old girl was also taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, which were later described as serious, while a man was also taken to hospital but was not injured. The road was shut throughout the night while emergency services worked to clear the scene.

Krzystof Zarebski, 34, of Coventry, appeared at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday June 17 accused of two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, reports EssexLive. He entered two not guilty pleas and is due to appear at the same court for trial on February 24 next year.

The scene of the collision on the M25 as the lorry is recovered.

Image: Mike Purvey

Inquest opening at Essex Coroners’ Court

On March 28, 2018, the inquests into the deaths of Sevim Ustun and Ayse Ustun opened into at Essex Coroners’ Court in Chelmsford. During the opening, the court heard how both women were travelling along the M25 that evening before suffering a puncture. They pulled their vehicle over at the side of the carriageway and got out.

The two women were standing well away from their vehicle when they were both struck by another vehicle. They were pronounced dead at the scene with a post mortem confirming they died as a result of multiple traumatic injuries and the road traffic collision. The inquest into their deaths has been adjourned until August 22, although the date could change pending a police prosecution.

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