Man charged with causing death by dangerous driving after mother-of-one killed in river plunge
Sunday 21 October 2012
A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a mother-of-one was killed when a car containing five people plummeted into a river.
Police said a 33-year-old from Bristol had been charged in relation to the incident and is also accused of drink-driving and driving without insurance or a licence.
The accident saw a silver BMW crash through railings at Bristol's St Philip's Bridge and into the river Avon, leaving a woman believed to be the front seat passenger and named locally as 22-year-old Namara Whisker dead.
A 21-year-old woman from Bristol who was also being held has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
The accused man has been refused bail and will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.
Ms Whisker was pronounced dead at the scene after the BMW, containing four other passengers, went into the water at around 4am yesterday.
Relatives of the victim are being supported by a family liaison officer and have asked to be left to grieve their loss.
But friends described the former business studies student, from the Easton area of the city, as "the kindest person you could ever meet" and a "fashion icon".
School friend Shawnika Sergeant, 22, said: "She was so pretty, bubbly and a special girl."
Another friend, who said her name was Charlene, said Ms Whisker has a two-month-old son.
"I can't believe he is going to grow up without his mummy," she added.
Engineers were today working to erect a temporary barrier to cover up the gaping hole in railings over the bridge, where the car plunged 20ft (6m) into the water below.
Several bouquets of flowers lay on a plinth next to the river's edge paying tribute to the dead woman.
Six members of Avon and Somerset Police were taken to hospital in Bristol after leaping into the chilly river to rescue the BMW's occupants but have all returned to work today.
Police Inspector Paul Winship dismissed suggestions that a police vehicle may have been in pursuit of the BMW as it crashed on Passage Street over the river.
"I can confirm this was a straightforward accident involving a single car going off the road," he said.
General Election 2015: David Cameron catching up in polls – but he badly needs a clear lead
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on
South Africa xenophobic attacks: Shops looted and violence on streets of Johannesburg as foreigners are forced to hide in police stations
Earthworms rain down from skies over Norway, puzzling scientists
18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats