Ian Glover, 44, said he didn't remember what happened in the moments before his truck collided with the parked Vauxhall, ramming it over the safety barrier. But the browsing histories of two of three phones found in his cabin showed he had been viewing adult dating websites—including sexuk.com and shagaholic.co.uk—while driving.
He later admitted he'd been flipping through nude images on the hookup sites at the time of the crash.
Laura Thomas and her fiancé Lewis Pagett, both 20 years old, were standing by their broken-down car when Glover's truck crashed into it, sending it flying over a safety barrier. Both were injured, and Thomas died in a helicopter on the way to the hospital.
"Laura and I were looking forward to planning our wedding together - instead, I ended up planning her funeral. We had known each other since we were 13, and we were so excited to spend the rest of our lives together," Pagett said. "Laura had so much life to give, she had a heart of gold and aimed to become a teacher for disabled children."
"You were on these sites at the point of impact," a Shrewsbury Crown Court judge told Glover, "For many miles you were not paying proper attention. This was utterly avoidable."
Glover pleaded guilty to dangerous driving and was sentenced to five years.