Friends pay tribute to Dersingham crash victim

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A Dersingham man will be remembered this Sunday, on what would have been his 22nd birthday, after he was killed in a crash.

David “Sheepy” Powell was a passenger in the car of his best friend, 19-year-old Joseph Salah-Eldin, who rolled his car after driving at speeds of up to 101mph whilst he was almost twice the drink-drive limit.

The 20-year-old was promounced dead after the car ploughed into a field in the 
early hours of September 29, 2012, on the A149 near to Norfolk 

Mr Powell, a back-seat passenger, suffered a head injury and died instantly. Three other young men, who were also in the car with Mr Powell, escaped with bruising and a broken finger and a broken nose.

Two years on, a group of David’s closest friends have been hard at work fundraising and carving a wooden bench which is set to be unveiled at Dersingham Social Club this Sunday in a tribute to David, to make his 22nd birthday.

David’s father, David, said: “His friends have been fundraising for different charities including Help For Heroes, but they wanted a bench to remember David with, so they raised the money all by themselves.

“The bench has been made by one of David’s best friends, Jason Kerr, who was also in the crash.”

Mr Salah-Eldin was jailed for three years and four months, and banned from driving for five years after he admitted causing death by careless 
driving when unfit through drink.

The teenager had only passed his test at the third attempt two months before the crash, and was changing the radio when his car careered off the road and overturned.