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Family of grandmother killed by lorry driver texting at the wheel blast ‘insulting’ sentence

The family of a grandmother who was killed by a lorry driver who was texting at the wheel have lashed out at his sentence.

Jeanette Watmore, 79, was killed instantly when Joseph David Smith, 30, smashed into stationary traffic at 43mph.

He was using his mobile phone to text and browse gambling sites before the accident, that saw his 40-ton Skania car-transporter plough into the back of a stationary Vauxhall car and then into a Renault van which overturned and crashed into another vehicle.

Four other people were injured in the crash near Bodmin, Cornwall, in May last year.

Smith, who appeared at Truro Crown Court, was sentenced to 32 months behind bars and banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty to causing the death of Mrs Wattmore by dangerous driving.

Jeanette Watmore was killed instantly when Joseph David Smith's lorry rammed into stationary traffic (SWNS)

View photos Jeanette Watmore was killed instantly when Joseph David Smith’s lorry rammed into stationary traffic (SWNS)

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However, Mrs Wattmore’s daughter, Susan West, who was driving the Vauxhall at the time of the crash, blasted the sentence.

Sergeant Jane Corkhill said: “This tragic case is sadly becoming more common, with increased opportunities to be distracted while driving.

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