Shocking dashcam footage shows a truck driver looking at his phone as he hurtles down a UK highway — before plowing into a woman’s car, leaving her with a fractured spine.
Cary Gordon, 58, was filmed inside the cab of his truck staring at his device — then suddenly looking up as he crashes into a red car pulled over at the side of the highway in Oxfordshire.
The car’s driver, an unidentified woman in her 50s, suffered a spinal fracture in her neck as well as cuts and bruises to her arms, head and legs, police said. A year after the crash, she still suffers headaches and sleepless nights, Thames Valley Police said.
Gordon’s truck then barreled off the side of the road, causing thousands of dollars of damage and closing the highway for hours, police said.
The dashcam footage was released Tuesday after Gordon pleaded guilty to one count of dangerous driving at Oxford Crown Court and sentenced to 14 months in prison, suspended for two years. He was also disqualified from driving for two years, and ordered to pay $550 in costs.
The video was released as “yet another example to people as to why you should put your devices to one side and focus on driving,” the investigating officer, PC David Burleigh, said.
“The victim is lucky to have only sustained the injuries she has but has had to go through months of rehabilitation.”
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