A WOMAN has received a suspended sentence following a crash where two people from north Essex were killed.

Rebecca Beswick, 39, was jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months, at Ipswich Crown Court today following the collision, which took place on August 31, 2018, on the A134 between Alpheton and Lawshall in Suffolk.

Beswick's blue Mini Cooper was travelling northbound from Alpheton towards Bury St Edmunds when a collision occurred with a BMW travelling in the opposite direction.

Regina Brook, 79, known as Gina, from Bures Hamlet, who was the passenger in the BMW, died at the scene of the collision.

The driver of the BMW, Alphamstone resident Bruno Delmonte, 69, was transported to Addenbrookes’ Hospital with life threatening injuries and died the following day.

Beswick, of Old Croxton Road, Thetford, was taken to Addenbrookes' Hospital with life-changing injuries.

An investigation by Suffolk Police's Serious Collision Investigation Team placed the Mini Cooper on the wrong side of the road at the time of the collision.

During the second day of a trial at Ipswich Crown Court in December, on the judge’s direction Beswick was found not guilty of death by dangerous driving.

She had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of death by careless driving.

On Wednesday she was jailed for six months, suspended for 18 months,and also sentenced to complete 240 hours of unpaid community work.

She was disqualified from driving for 36 months and had eight points added to her driving licence.

Alex Matthews from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit at Suffolk Police said: “Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of the two victims who sadly lost their lives as a result of this collision.”