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Man Jailed After Southwold Woman Killed In Crash

A man has been sentenced to 22 months imprisonment following a fatal collision in Walpole in July 2016.

Police were called just after 6pm on Thursday 14 July, to reports of a single vehicle crash involving a Kawasaki motorcycle on Peasenhall Road.  

The motorcycle was being driven by a man which was also carrying a woman pillion passenger.

Officers arrived and attempted to resuscitate the woman, Sue Wright aged 60 from Southwold, but she sadly died at the scene.

The driver, 56-year-old Mark Kepler of Hibbard Road, Bramford was subsequently charged with causing death by dangerous driving. 

A full forensic collision report concluded that the cause of the collision was Mr Kepler’s failure to maintain his vehicle in a roadworthy condition. 

The rear tyre becoming worn to such an extent that it suffered a catastrophic failure.

Detective Inspector Christopher Hinitt from Norfolk and Suffolk’s Roads Policing Unit said, "It is the responsibility of all motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in a safe and roadworthy condition every time they travel. 

"Failure to do so can have devastating, consequences for the driver, passengers and other road users.

"Carrying out regular maintenance checks is key here. If you have any concerns do get a professional to check."

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