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Bristol Bridge Plunge: Man Charged Over Death
A man has been charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a mother-of-one was killed when a car containing five people plummeted into a river.
Police said a 33-year-old from Bristol had been charged in relation to the incident and is also accused of drink-driving and driving without insurance or a licence.
The accident saw a silver BMW crash through railings at Bristol's St Philip's Bridge and into the River Avon, leaving a woman believed to be the front seat passenger dead.
The victim was named locally as Namara Whisker, 21, who is said to have given birth to a boy two months ago.
She is believed to have been at a nightclub in the city before getting into the car.
Friends have described the former business studies student, from the Easton area of the city, as "the kindest person you could ever meet".
School friend Shawnika Sergeant, 22, said: "She was so pretty, bubbly and a special girl. I could not believe it when people started texting me this morning. I have known her for so long, it is hard to take."
Another friend said Ms Whisker was a guest at her five-year-old son's christening.
She added: "Namara has a two-month-old son, I can't believe he is going to grow up without his mummy."
A 21-year-old woman from Bristol who was also being held has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
Six police officers who dived into the water after the car were taken to hospital as a precaution, but later released.