Man charged over five-death crash

A man was yesterday charged in connection with a car crash which claimed the lives of five people, including three teenage girls from Lowestoft.

A man was yesterday charged in connection with a car crash which claimed the lives of five people, including three teenage girls from Lowestoft.

Ben Morphey, 22, of High Street, Yoxford, will appear before Lowestoft Magistrates' Court this Friday to face five charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

Lowestoft teenagers Claire and Jenny Stoddart and Carla Took were returning from concert in Ipswich in a Vauxhall Astra and all died in the two-car crash which happened on the A12 at Blythburgh at 12.50am on July 1.

The other victims were Simon Bonner, 40, and Kim Abbott, 41, both from Yoxford, who were passengers in the other car, a Renault Laguna.

Eighteen-year-old Claire Stoddart, her sister Jenny, 15, and Carla Took, 18, were all pupils at Lowestoft's Benjamin Britten High School, which was rocked by the tragedy.

In August, the EDP reported how the Claire and Carla, who had been celebrating the end of their A-level exams, were the highest achieving girls in their school following the release of their results.

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Claire was awarded an A in English Literature and Bs in biology and chemistry, which would have been enough to secure her place at Nottingham University, where she was hoping to study pharmacy.

Carla gained three As in English Literature, media and ICT and a C in history, which would have given her a place to study media at Lincoln University.

It was also revealed that Jenny had achieved a B grade in her ICT AS-level, which she had taken two years early.

The girls' parents spoke of their pride at their achievements, but also revealed their devastation that they did not live to celebrate their achievements.