Family of man killed by driver sending winking picture to boyfriend will 'never forgive killer'

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The family of a former Birmingham man who died after a woman crashed while sending a winking selfie to her boyfriend said they'll never forgive his killer. David Sinar, 64, was knocked from his scooter and died from his injuries following the crash on a dual carriageway at Roudham, Norfolk.

She was jailed for three and a half years at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday (June 5) for causing the death by dangerous of David Sinar, 64. She collided with his Lambretta using her Vauxhall Corsa in the fatal incident on the A11 in Roudham, Norfolk.

Potter was driving at approximately 70mph and Sinar was moving at about 40mph, but she didn't slow down or overtake him as she was preoccupied with her phone. The court was informed that she was in the middle of sending a selfie of her sticking her tongue out and winking to her boyfriend.

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She then crashed into the back of the scooter, which Mr Sinar, from North Walsham, had purchased just earlier that day. He succumbed to his injuries at the scene following the crash on the dual carriageway at Roudham around 9.30pm on September 15, 2021.

Chris Youell, prosecuting, stated that Potter had taken selfies and exchanged phone and Facebook messages with her boyfriend and others. She had been returning home to Norwich from Glastonbury, Somerset, where she had been visiting friends.

During her journey, 55 messages were found on her phone, with 20 sent by her alongside audio clips that indicated she was driving at the time. She initially told police that Mr Sinar's scooter rear lights were off when she hit him from behind, but CCTV footage from a nearby garage showed they were indeed on.

Judge Katharine Moore addressed her in court, saying: "He was there for all drivers to see - all those who had their eyes on the road that is." Potter admitted to causing death by dangerous driving and received a sentence of three and a half years in prison.

Evidence presented in court included skid marks indicating Potter hadn't braked before colliding with the scooter at 70mph, highlighting her distraction. Judge Moore condemned her behaviour, stating that exchanging selfies while driving was "gravely inappropriate" and led to a "grossly avoidable distraction".

Matthew McNiff, defending, described her intermittent phone use during the drive as "sporadic stupidity". He continued: "She does recognise the terrible damage that she has done, that a life has been lost and that she has to live with that."

"She is not callous. Her remorse is genuine and heartfelt." Mr Sinar, who had recently semi-retired to care for his 95-year-old mother after moving her to Norfolk from Birmingham, was a former vehicle inspector and motor parts delivery driver before his untimely death.

His family described him as a "very competent" biker, who had a passion for motorcycles ranging from Harley-Davidsons to scooters and had just purchased a new Lambretta on the day he tragically died. He was also an avid cyclist who, despite recovering from cancer in 2011, had raised tens of thousands for charity through rides, including the epic journey from John O'Groats to Land's End.

In a heartfelt statement read out in court, his wife spoke of her immense loss, calling him her "best friend and soulmate" and expressed that he was "cruelly taken from us". She stated: "I will never forgive Amber Potter for what she has done to our family."

She added: "She could have avoided it if she had simply obeyed the rules of the road." Judge Moore addressed Potter, highlighting the "complete devastation" her actions had caused the family.

The judge acknowledged Potter as a "kind, compassionate, hard-working and caring individual in normal circumstances" but emphasised that her actions were criminal.

Upon banning her from driving for 45 months and mandating a retest, Judge Moore remarked: "No life can be gauged by the length of a sentence."