Daniel Day jailed for killing girlfriend Alice Hicks in car crash
- 24 May 2013
- From the section Somerset
A 34-year-old motorist who killed his girlfriend when he crashed her car at speeds of up to 90mph on a country road has been jailed.
Daniel Day lost control of Alice Hicks' Mini on a blind bend near Rooksbridge, Somerset in September 2011.
Taunton Crown Court was told he ignored "ample warning signs" before colliding with a car travelling the other way.
Day, from Lower Weare, Somerset, was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and jailed for 33 months.
'Flung from car'
He was also banned from driving for five years.
Experts told the court the car was still travelling at speed on impact and had little or no chance of stopping when the driver saw stationary traffic.
It is also alleged that neither Day nor Miss Hicks were wearing their seatbelts.
Miss Hicks, 27, who was sat in the front passenger seat, died from serious head injuries when she was flung from the car.
The trainee accountant, who lived in Weston-super-Mare, died a day after the collision.
Day suffered a broken neck and back.
Sentencing him, the Recorder Jeremy Wright said his actions had been a "very bad piece of driving at excessive speed".
"It involved a disregard of warning signs in an area which you knew well."