Man jailed for Rebekah Alderson crash death

Rebekah Alderson
Image caption Rebekah Alderson was a bridesmaid at her brother's wedding in June 2011

A man who caused the death of a woman in a crash in which her car caught fire has been jailed.

Mark White, 54, was sentenced to 30 months in prison after admitting causing death by dangerous driving over the crash that killed Rebekah Alderson.

The judge at Canterbury Crown Court also gave White, of Chalkwell Road, Sittingbourne, a four-year driving ban.

Ms Alderson, 24, from Littlestone, died after the crash between Hamstreet and Ashford on 6 April last year.

Kent Police said White was overtaking a van when he hit Ms Alderson's car.

Officers said a wheel came off her Ford Ka, which caught light when it stopped against a barrier on the A2070.

The Serious Collisions Investigation Unit found messages on White's phone sent earlier in the day to his partner, saying he was tired and needed to go to sleep.

Det Sgt Scott Lynch said: "Rebekah's family and I would like to pay tribute to the valiant efforts made by those people who stopped at the scene and tried to rescue her."

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