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Richard Frost: Hit-and-run driver fled with £72,000 in suitcase


A drug-fuelled motorist who was seen “driving like a nutter” before he killed two pedestrians in a hit-and-run fled the scene with a suitcase containing £72,000, a court has heard.Richard Frost hit speeds of up to 117mph before ploughing into Thomas Fletcher, 19, and Thomas Northam, 22.Frost had binged on cocaine for the previous 18 hours, including while behind the wheel.At Cambridge Crown Court he admitted causing death by dangerous driving.The 39-year-old, of Dorset Avenue, Chelmsford, Essex, will be sentenced on December 20.Prosecutor Jonathon Polnay said that Mr Fletcher and Mr Northam were walking along the B1091 at Yaxley, near Peterborough, facing traffic.Passenger gave cocaineBut Frost drove his BMW X5 along the verge on the wrong side of the road and hit them from behind at about 11:00 GMT on 3 January.He had picked up two passengers, Tracy Anderson and James Archer, in Essex the previous day, the court heard.They took drugs together before driving to Grimsby and then Boston, Lincolnshire.”Everyone in the car was taking drugs,” said Mr Polnay, who added Ms Anderson was putting cocaine into Frost’s hand so he could take it while driving.He used lay-bys and the hard shoulder to undertake vehicles at speed and overtook while driving into oncoming traffic, the court heard.One witness described it as “driving like a nutter”, Mr Polnay said, and on a 999 call played to the court another said “if he doesn’t run into someone or kill someone it will be a miracle”.Frost then assaulted Ms Anderson before leaving her and Mr Archer at a service station, the court heard.After the fatal crash, he carried on driving for more than 100m (328ft) before fleeing with the suitcase stuffed with money. He made off through fields, and assaulted a man who tried to make him wait for police.

Police found him asleep at his mother’s house in Chelmsford later that evening and the suitcase was found in the garden.Mr Polnay said: “This was perhaps an exceptionally prolonged course of dangerous driving.”He consumed class A drugs while driving, he did not stop at the scene, he was on police bail for a very serious offence at the time.”At court on Friday, Frost, who appeared via video link from Chelmsford Prison, also admitted two counts of common assault and one of money laundering.His sentencing will be subject to a report on his dangerousness and on his mental health.

Source: BBC Cambs