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Bristol river crash death: Man remanded in custody by court

  • 22 October 2012
  • From the section Bristol
Car being lifted out of harbour
Image caption The car went through railings on St Phillips Bridge

A man has appeared in court charged with causing the death of a woman by dangerous driving after a car went off a bridge in Bristol.

The woman in her 20s and two passengers were taken to hospital along with six police officers who had dived into the water trying to rescue the occupants.

Shennie Jaffer, 33, was remanded ahead of a November crown court appearance.

A 21-year-old woman from Bristol has been released on police bail following the incident at 04:00 BST on Saturday.

Mr Jaffer, who appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court, also faces charges of drink-driving, driving without insurance and driving a motor vehicle without a licence.

The woman who was killed, named locally as 22-year-old Namara Whisker from the Easton area of the city, was believed to be the front seat passenger in the car.

The crash involved a silver BMW car containing five people which went through railings on St Phillips Bridge and fell 20ft (6m) into Bristol's harbourside.

Six police officers dived into the water to help with the rescue bid and were treated in hospital as a precaution.

The two other passengers from the car who were treated by medics are now helping police as witnesses.

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