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Horrific moment HGV driver on his phone ploughs into broken down car

17 September 2020

his is the shocking moment a HGV driver ploughed into the back of a broken down car while looking at his phone.

Harrowing dashcam footage captures the high-speed collision with the stationary car, which left a woman with life-changing injuries.

Cary Gordon, of Oakleigh Road, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Oxford Crown Court.

The 58-year-old was sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years, and was ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work.

The horror crash left a woman with life-changing injuries / Thames Valley Police

He was also disqualified from driving for two years, had his licence endorsed and will have to take an extended re-test. He was further ordered to pay £425 in costs.

An investigation by Thames Valley Police found Gordon was driving a lorry along the A34 at Marcham Interchange, Abingdon, on August 5 2019 when he crashed into the stranded car in lane one.

Following the horror crash at around 7.30pm, a woman in her fifties suffered a spinal fracture in her neck, as well as cuts and bruises to her arms, head and one of her legs. The injuries have caused her long-term effects with headaches and sleepless nights.

The crash also caused thousands of pounds worth of damage to the roadside barrier and the A34 was closed for some time.

Cary Gordon was looking at his phone before the crash / Thames Valley Police

Detectives found that Gordon had been distracted from driving the lorry as he was pre-occupied on his phone in the lead up to the collision.

PC David Burleigh, of Thames Valley Police, said: “This incident highlights the seriousness of driving whilst distracted. The dangers it poses to road users and the ability to be in complete control of your vehicle when distracted.

“The victim is lucky to have only sustained the injuries she has but has had to go through months of rehabilitation. The emotional stress and ability to overcome the crash is testament to her strength and character.

“I would hope that this incident is yet another example to people as to why you should put your devices to one side and focus on driving.

“With the victim’s consent we hope this footage will help to educate and prevent further incidents like this from happening in the future.”

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