Driver jailed over fatal A12 bridge crash in Essex

A motorist has been jailed for causing the death of his woman passenger on the A12 in Essex.

Joao Alves, 51, of Bramford Lane, Ipswich, drove into a bridge in Dedham, near Colchester, in September 2010, killing 35-year-old Mafalda Pio.

Alves, who admitted causing death by dangerous driving, was jailed for two years and three months.

He was also banned from driving for two years when he appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.

Alves, who suffered facial injuries, also pleaded guilty to driving without insurance or a licence, possessing false identification documents and making a false declaration to get insurance.

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