Essex

Simon Aylott sentenced after Essex car crash kills wife

The scene of the crash
Image caption The crash happened on a slip road off the A12 at Witham

A 34-year-old man has been sentenced after his wife died in a car crash on the A12 in Essex last year.

Simon Aylott, of Holland Road, Little Clacton, admitted causing death by careless driving.

His Toyota RAV4 collided with a lorry at Witham in March 2011, killing 38-year-old Rachel Aylott.

The judge at Chelmsford Crown Court has given Aylott a nine-month suspended jail sentence and banned him from driving for two years.

Mrs Aylott was a rear seat passenger in the car and she died at the scene.

Three other passengers and the defendant all had to be treated for their injuries, while the lorry driver was uninjured.

The crash happened at a slip road off the northbound carriageway, but both carriageways of the A12 were closed so that two air ambulances could land to take the injured people to hospital in London and Colchester.

Aylott was also given a 12-month supervision order and told to pay costs of £1,200. The suspended jail sentence runs for two years.

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