Mother jailed for fatal road crash

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A mother who crammed seven boys into her hatchback car, then caused a pile-up that killed four people, has been jailed for two years.

There were tears and outbursts from disgusted relatives after Angela Dublin, 46, a nurse, was sentenced for causing deaths by dangerous driving on the Oxford bypass on 28 May last year. "My boy is rotting in a flipping coffin," shouted one. Another yelled: "It's an insult."

Dublin had been taking her son, Anton, and six friends out for his 13th birthday dinner when she lost control of the five-seater Citroen Xsara. It swerved across the road into an oncoming Honda Civic driven by Howard Hillsdon, a 21-year-old engineering student. He later died.

The six boys not wearing seatbelts were thrown out of the car. Three of them died at the scene: Liam Hastings, Josh Bartlett and Marshall Haynes, all 13 and from Oxford. Six people were seriously injured, including Dublin and her son.