Put the phone down people, poor Lauren and her fiancé didn’t deserve this…
Woman Killed By Truck Driver Looking At Explicit Content
A lorry driver was browsing pornographic dating websites on his mobile phone when he ploughed into a stationary car and killed a young teaching assistant.
Ian Glover, 44, was flicking through profiles of women on the explicit sites while he was driving his 44-tonne Mercedes lorry on the A5 between Telford and Shrewsbury in Shropshire.
A court heard Laura Jane Thomas, 20, and her fiance Lewis Pagett, 19, had broken down on the same road and had pulled on the grass verge with their hazard lights on.
The couple had got out of the car and stood on the other side of the barrier when Glover ploughed into the stationary Vauxhall.
As a result of the smash, the car flew over the safety barrier – killing Laura and injuring her fiance.
Glover – who had worked as a driver for Sainsbury’s for 10 years – admitted causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for five years at Shrewsbury Crown Court.
Judge Robin Onions said: “You were on these sites at the point of impact.
“For many miles you were not paying proper attention. This was utterly avoidable.”
Glover, of Birmingham, was travelling at between 50mph and 56mph when he hit the Vauxhall at 8.20am on July 21 2013.
He told police that he could not remember what had happened before the crash.
But tests on mobile phones found in his lorry revealed he was looking at the explicit dating sites.