All-night party woman jailed for death crash

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A woman of 20 who fell asleep at the wheel after an all-night rave when she was 18 and killed four people was sentenced to 30 months in a young offenders' institute yesterday.

Charlotte Frankham, who had taken ecstasy and slept for just four hours out of the previous 42, lost control of her Ford on the A43 in Oxfordshire and rammed a Toyota Land Cruiser into a Volkwagen Polo, Oxford Crown court was told.

Frankham, of Goodwood Gardens, Totton, Southampton, Hants, had admitted four charges of causing deaths by dangerous driving.

Victoria Hart, 22, Alistair Knight, 26, Perry Cook, 25, and Paul Larcombe, 27, all from Swindon, Wiltshire, died in their Polo. The prosecution said Frankham, a cashier, had told police she had taken drugs and had felt tired and dozy.

Four charges of careless driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, mainly Ecstasy, were ordered to lie on file. Frankham was also banned for five years.