Man in court on bridge crash death charge
A MAN accused of driving a car which crashed off a bridge into the Floating Harbour, killing 23-year-old Narmara Whisker, has had a preliminary hearing at crown court.
Shennie Jaffer, 31, from Robertson Road, Easton, appeared at Bristol Crown Court charged with causing death by dangerous driving, driving without insurance, driving without a licence and drink-driving.
Ms Whisker died in a BMW which plunged into the water after crashing off St Philip's Bridge on Passage Street at 4am on October 20.
Four other people in the car managed to escape.
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Two were taken to hospital for treatment but despite efforts of specialist teams from Avon Fire and Rescue Service, Ms Whisker could not be saved.
Six police officers who dived into the water in an attempt to rescue the occupants were also taken to hospital, but later released.
Jaffer was arrested after the crash.
The drink-driving charge relates to an allegation that he had 76 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath when arrested – more than twice the legal driving limit of 35 micrograms.
A 21-year-old woman from Bristol who was also arrested in relation to the crash was released on police bail, pending further inquiries.
Jaffer did not enter any pleas during his eight-minute appearance from HMP Bristol via video link.
He was remanded in custody until a further hearing on December 13.