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Epileptic begins sentence over NSW crash

A woman who killed a mother and her young son when she likely suffered an epileptic fit while driving has begun a minimum 18-month sentence behind bars.

Athena Vibert sobbed on Friday as Judge Antony Townsden read out the details of the accident that claimed the lives of Julie Bullock, 49, and her seven-year-old son Hudson.

The NSW District Court judge jailed Vibert for three-and-a-half years with a non-parole period of 18 months.

The fatal crash on the Hume Highway southwest of Sydney in 2017 also left Hudson's twin sister Sienna fighting for life.

Vibert, 52, previously pleaded guilty to two counts of dangerous driving occasioning death and one count of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm.

She had, on four occasions, lied about her epilepsy while applying to renew her license, ticking "no" next to a question asking if she suffered from the condition, the court heard.

She had not taken her anti-convulsant medication on the day of the accident because she was due to have a blood test.

Darren Bullock, Julie's husband and Hudson and Sienna's father, said he was disappointed with the sentence.

"Eighteen months for killing two people and hurting Sienna the way she was hurt seems a bit light on. It was an avoidable accident," he said outside court.

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