Published: May 25, 2013
Motorist jailed after killing his girlfriend in crash near Burnham-On-Sea

A 34-year-old motorist who killed his girlfriend when he crashed her car at speeds of up to 90mph on a road near Burnham-On-Sea has been jailed this week.

Daniel Day lost control of Alice Hicks' Mini on a blind bend near Rooksbridge 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, was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and jailed for 33 months and was banned from driving for five years.

Experts told the hearing that the car was still travelling at speed on impact and had little or no chance of stopping when the driver saw stationary traffic.

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 while 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" and added: "It involved a disregard of warning signs in an area which you knew well."

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