Norfolk

Norfolk drink driver jailed for 101mph death crash

Car crash on the A149 at Heacham in September 2012
Image caption The crash on the A149 in September killed David Powell

A 19-year-old believed to have been driving at 101mph when he crashed his car, killing one of his passengers, has been jailed.

David Powell, 20, died at the scene of the crash on a 40mph stretch of the A149 in Norfolk in September.

Joseph Salah-Eldin, from Dersingham in Norfolk, admitted causing death by dangerous driving while under the influence of alcohol.

He was jailed for three years and four months, at Norwich Crown Court.

Norfolk Police said an investigation calculated that the Vauxhall Corsa was travelling at 101mph when it overturned into a field in Heacham.

Image caption David Powell, left, died when the car Joseph Salah-Eldin, right, was driving crashed

Salah-Eldin, who was banned from driving for five years at Monday's hearing, dislocated a shoulder and two other passengers received minor injuries.

In a statement, Mr Powell's family said: "Our family has been robbed of its future, our son robbed of his life - so many dreams and plans unfulfilled."

The family has backed a police campaign to educate young people at school and college in the county about the dangers of drink driving.

"Cars, alcohol and young men are a lethal combination and young drivers and passengers need to be aware of the destruction this can cause; not only to those involved in collisions, but the families and loved ones left behind," the Powell family said.

"If this project prevents just one more young person's death and another devastated family, it will have been worthwhile."

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