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WATCH: Distracted Harrogate lorry driver jailed over woman's death

WATCH: Distracted Harrogate lorry driver jailed over woman's death

Published at 11:11am 21st March 2017.

A lorry driver from Harrogate has been convicted and sentenced to four and a half years' imprisonment for causing death by dangerous driving after he drove his lorry into a broken down car in which a young woman was sitting.

He did not see the car in time to avoid it because he was looking at his mobile phone.

Dariusz Tokarczyk, 47, of Kennion Road, Harrogate, pleaded guilty to the charge at Reading Crown Court yesterday and was sentenced at the same hearing.

Tokarczyk was sentenced to four and half years' in prison, and will be subject to a two year driving ban on his release.

He was arrested on 29 March 2016.

On 22 March just before 9.30pm, Tokarczyk was driving his lorry on the southbound carriageway of the A34 just north of the M4 junction at Chieveley, Berkshire.

Further ahead on the same carriageway Jodie Moss (pictured top), aged 21, from Swindon, Wiltshire, was sitting in her car, a Vauxhall Corsa.

Her car had, according to forensic examiners, suffered “a catastrophic engine failure”. Her car was stationary in the inside lane, she had switched on its hazard warning lights.

Pictured: Lorry driver Dariusz Tokarczyk had been looking at his phone

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According to dashcam footage the road was not busy and other drivers are seen to manoeuvre past her vehicle.

Warning: Video contains distressing scenes


Det Sgt Ashley Hannibal, senior investigating officer, said: “This is a tragic case, which could have so easily been avoided. The driver was using his phone.

"Officers and forensic investigators painstakingly examined the dashcam footage from the inside of the lorry looking out onto the road. After watching the footage frame by frame they managed to spot the reflection of what transpired to be the lit screen of a mobile phone held by the lorry driver.

"While this sentence will not take away the pain and feelings of loss for Jodie’s family and friends, I hope that it will send a message to all drivers about the dangers of using mobile phones.

"Sadly, this case is not an isolated incident it is one of many that we have been or are investigating, which show the tragic and awful consequences of using a mobile phone while you are driving."

Pictured: Jodie Moss's Vauxhall Corsa

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