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Driver on 18 hour cocaine binge killed two best friends out walking

Richard Frost. Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A speeding driver from Essex hit and killed two friends out walking after an 18-hour cocaine binge in which he took drugs at the wheel and then later fled across fields with £72,000 in a suitcase.

Richard Frost, 39, from Chelmsford, admitted causing the deaths of 19-year-old Thomas Fletcher and Thomas Northam, 22, by dangerous driving after the crash at Yaxley near Peterborough on January 3.

Thomas Northam and Thomas Fletcher

He also admitted two counts of common assault and one of money laundering.

Cambridge Crown Court heard Frost's BMW X5 hit speeds of up to 117mph. He drove along the verge on the wrong side of the road and struck pedestrians Mr Fletcher and Mr Northam from behind. Police later found Frost asleep at his mother's house in Chelmsford the suitcase was later found at the foot of a garden.

Credit: ITV News Anglia

Judge David Farrell QC adjourned the case for sentence until December 20 while reports are prepared on Frost's dangerousness and on his mental health.