Lorry driver spared jail for crashing into stranded car and seriously injuring woman while checking Google Maps

This is the shocking moment a lorry driver crashed into a stranded car while checking his phone, leaving a woman with a fractured neck.

Cary Gordon was using Google Maps while driving along the A34 near Marcham, Oxfordshire, on 5 August last year.

Dashcam footage shows the lorry speeding towards a red Mercedes that had broken down on the road before crashing into it, sending the HGV crashing through safety barrier and hurtling into bushes.

The driver of the Mercedes, a woman in her fifties, had turned on her hazard lights to warn approaching motorists of the hazard ahead, but Gordon failed to see it while being distracted by his phone.

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Lorry driver Cary Gordon was checking Google Maps shortly before he crashed into a stranded vehicle. (Thames Valley Police)
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Cary Gordon crashed into a red Mercedes that had broken down. (Thames Valley Police)

The woman 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 to suffer 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.

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Gordon, 58, of Oakleigh Road, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Oxford Crown Court.

He was sentenced on Tuesday to 14 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years and ordered to undertake 150 hours unpaid work. He was also disqualified from driving for two years, had his licence endorsed and will have to take an extended retest.

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The woman who was inside the Mercedes suffered a fractured neck in the accident. (Thames Valley Police)

He was also ordered to pay GBP425 in costs.

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