Man jailed following fatal hit-and-run

|News, Driving offences

A driver who knocked down and killed two young men while under the influence of drugs was yesterday sentenced to a total of 14 years, with a custodial sentence of 12 years and one month.

Richard Frost, 39, drove into Thomas Fletcher, 19, and Thomas Northam, 22, as the pair were walking along a road near Peterborough on 3 January last year.

The incident happened at around 11am, when Frost hit the men from behind in his BMW X5. Both Mr Fletcher and Mr Northam suffered catastrophic injuries and died at the scene.

In the hours leading up to the collision, Frost had consumed a significant quantity of cocaine, including while he was driving and had been speeding at more than 100mph.

He also assaulted a woman who was a passenger in his car. He had left her at a service station along with another passenger prior to the fatal collision.

After driving into Mr Fletcher and Mr Northam, Frost ran away from the scene through a cemetery, discarding a suitcase, before entering a nearby house where he assaulted a member of the public who had tried to stop him.

Frost fled again and was found by police at his mother’s house in Chelmsford later that evening where he was arrested.

The discarded suitcase was recovered and it contained £72,000 which was said to be the proceeds of criminal activity.

He admitted causing the deaths by dangerous driving, two counts of common assault and one count of money laundering at a hearing at Cambridge Crown Court on 25 November 2017.

Samantha Woolley from the CPS said: "Richard Frost's driving on the day of the collision was appalling and showed a total lack of regard for the safety of others. He presented a great danger to other road users, which was exacerbated by his decision to use drugs.

"Witness evidence showed his driving had caused concern to a number of people leading up to the collision, and that he had been driving at speeds over 100mph, driving on the pavement and undertaking other drivers on a busy road.

"His actions resulted in the tragic deaths of two young men, and our thoughts are with their family and friends at this time."

Notes to editors

  • Samantha Woolley is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS East of England
  • Richard Frost (DOB: 5/11/1978) was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court to:
  1. 10 years, 9 months for two counts of death by dangerous driving
  2. 16 months for one count of entering into or becoming concerned in a money laundering agreement to be served consecutively to (1) but concurrent to (3)
  3. 3 months each for two counts of common assault to be served concurrent to (1) and (2).

Note on sentencing: The starting point for the sentencing was 13 years 6 months for the death by dangerous driving offence, which was reduced by a 20% deduction for a guilty plea, making a total custodial term of 10 years and 9 months. Consecutive to that sentence is the 16 month sentence for money laundering with the two three-month common assault sentences to be served concurrently. An extended licence of 3 years and 3 months has also been applied making a total term of 14 years.  

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