Woman sentenced over fatal crash

A woman has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment suspended for two years after she admitted causing the deaths of her partner’s two daughters

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Fatal crash has "torn families' lives apart"

A woman has been sentenced over a car crash which claimed the lives of two girls.

Marie Easter, 44, admitted two charges of causing death by careless driving.

She was sentenced at Norwich Crown Court today to 15 months imprisonment suspended for two years and disqualified from driving for four years, with a compulsory re-test.

Steve Matthews of Norfolk Constabulary’s Serious Collision Investigation Team said:

This is a terribly sad case where families’ lives have been torn apart by the deaths of two young girls. What began as a festive treat turned into a tragedy due to the careless driving of Easter.

Other factors may have contributed to the severity of the collision, but ultimately Easter’s driving was substandard and caused the sisters’ deaths. I extend my sympathies to their families and friends as they begin another year without Tamzin and Jessica.

– Steve Matthews, Norfolk Police

Woman sentenced over fatal car crash

Tamzin, 10, and Jessica, 7, died in the crash Credit: Norfolk Police

A woman has been sentenced to 15 months imprisonment suspended for two years after she admitted causing the deaths of her partner’s two daughters.

Ten-year-old Tamzin Portor and her sister Jessica, aged seven, died after the car they were travelling in overturned on the A47 at Walsoken in Norfolk.

Marie Easter, of Herbert Ward Way in Terrington St Clement, and her partner Alan Portor were going to the cinema in Peterborough on December 27, 2012 when the accident happened.

Easter was driving a Ford Focus when it swerved off the road and into a ditch, overturning several times.

Tamzin and Jessica suffered multiple injuries and were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital where they sadly died.

Mr Portor suffered broken ribs, his son suffered cuts and bruises and Easter suffered head, neck and back injuries.

Easter told police that she had to swerve to avoid an oncoming red car, and this account was supported by a witness.

However, despite extensive media appeals and police inquiries this car was never traced. Two further witnesses also disputed the existence of any other vehicle that could have caused the Focus to swerve, stating that the opposite carriageway had been clear.

A forensic collision investigation suggested that Jessica may not have been wearing her seatbelt and that this could have contributed to the injuries sustained by the children.

It also found that both rear tyres were defective with illegally low treads and the pressure across all four tyres was uneven, making it difficult for a driver to regain control of the car.

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