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Carmarthenshire woman Megan Thomas crashed after taking ecstasy

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Image caption Megan Thomas was on her way to the Together Festival in Carmarthen

A 21-year-old Carmarthenshire student was killed while driving to meet friends at a pop festival after taking ecstasy, an inquest has heard.

Megan Thomas had spent the day with friends at the Carmarthen event but left to go to her job as a care assistant.

As she drove back to the festival she crashed into an oncoming car on the A40 near her home in Llandeilo in May.

Carmarthenshire coroner Mark Layton recorded a narrative verdict.

He told the inquest in Milford Haven that Ms Thomas died of head injuries.

Sgt Andrew King told the hearing: "A blood test showed Megan may have been suffering the toxic effects of MDMA ecstasy at the time of her death.

"She was travelling at around 60 to 70mph with the front offside tyre partially deflated.

"It would appear this tragic collision was the result of several factors including inappropriate speed, the effects of earlier drug use and the low air pressure in the tyre."

The inquest heard Ms Thomas also had alcohol in her system but was just within the legal limit for driving.

'Caring and loving'

She had been to the Together Festival in Carmarthen and her family said she loved music events and helped with firework displays.

In a statement, her family said she would be missed.

"She was a caring and loving person and worked full-time as a care assistant for adults with special needs - a job which she really enjoyed," they added.

Ms Thomas's family previously said that before her death she had been accepted to study an outdoor sports and education degree.

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