Young Driver Sentenced After Fatal Crash
2:48pm 22nd April 2013
(Updated 2:48pm 22nd April 2013)
A 19 year old has been jailed for 3 years and 4 months after being at the wheel of a car that crashed in Heacham killing 20 year old David Powell last September.
Joseph Salah Eldin had only passed his test a couple of months earlier, and had drunk 6 units of alcohol - but "didn't feel drunk" so decided to drive.
The car came off the A149 in a 40 limit, police estimate it could have been travelling at a hundred miles an hour.
Salah-Eldin causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of alcohol.
Chief Inspector Chris Spinks of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit said: "This tragic incident has had an enormous impact on the lives of all those involved, their friends and their families. One young man has had his life cut short, and another faces time in prison and must live with the consequences of his actions for the rest of his life. Two other young men have experienced first-hand the dangers of drinking and driving.
"All four young men were wearing their seatbelts, but sadly this was not enough to save the life of David Powell and I would like to offer my sympathies to his family at this difficult time."
Last week, KLFM News told you about a plan to educate young people about driving while at school and spoke to students who gave the course their backing, saying it really made them think about the risks.
PC Andy Nattrass of the Roads Policing Unit, who is already a Family Liaison Officer supporting relatives of those who are killed and seriously injured has been appointed Young Driver Education Coordinator.
PC Nattrass said: "Every young driver can learn lessons from this sad case. It starkly illustrates the consequences of drinking and driving, and you are six times more likely as a young driver to have a collision when driving with your friends than you are if driving on your own. Your actions behind the wheel impact upon so many lives, not least your own if you are banned from driving and receive a conviction that may affect your job prospects.
"Too frequently we see headteachers paying tribute to students or former students following fatal crashes, commenting on their personalities, lost prospects and the feeling of grief in the school community. We also see promising, otherwise intelligent youngsters being sent to prison as a result of fatal collisions. My aim is to speak to every single Year 11 student in the county, so they can see for themselves the devastation drink driving, using a mobile phone, not wearing a seatbelt and speeding can cause."