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This Gillingham lorry driver had been TEXTING moments before killing a pensioner in a crash

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A lorry driver from Gillingham has been sentenced to 32 months for killing a pensioner in a road crash while texting and tuning the radio of his vehicle. Joseph David Smith, of Clarendon House, sent two emails, one text message and five other messages as he was driving along the A30 near Bodmin, Cornwall on May 27 last year. Read more: A woman had to be freed from her car after a serious crash in Chatham[2]

He was in the process of tuning his radio when he smashed into the back of pensioner Jeanette Watmore’s car. During his trial at Truro Crown Court it was revealed that Smith would have had 10 seconds to react to the brake lights in front of him. His lorry’s tachograph showed that he applied the brakes of his Skania car-transporter just one second before impact.

Smith’s lorry crashed into the back of a Vauxhall car, killing 79-year-old Mrs Watmore, and then into a Renault van which overturned and crashed into another vehicle. The 30-year-old former soldier also injured four other people and was sentenced to 32 months today (February 22). He was banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty to causing death by dangerous driving.

Read more:A 30-year-old man is in hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Aylesford[3]

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  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.kentlive.news)
  2. ^ A woman had to be freed from her car after a serious crash in Chatham (www.kentlive.news)
  3. ^ A 30-year-old man is in hospital after a two-vehicle crash in Aylesford (www.kentlive.news)

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