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Lorry driver filmed checking phone before fatal crash is jailed for five years

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Video of the moment a lorry driver checked his mobile phone just before he caused a fatal crash has been released.

The footage has been released as David Shields, 34, is jailed for five years and disqualified from driving for seven and a half years.

Footage recorded inside the cab shows Shields using his phone on the dashboard as he approaches a stationary line of traffic.

The subsequent crash on 8 February 2017 caused the death of 66 year-old Yvonne Blackman.

The court heard that his attention was focused, repeatedly, on the dash-mounted mobile before the collision on the A75 Gretna to Stranraer Road.

Moments before the crash
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David Shields had pleaded guilty

Immediately before the collision his attention was on the mobile and he failed to notice and react to the line of traffic ahead of him until it was too late.

Shields’ lorry collided with the rear of Mrs Blackman’s car, causing it to be propelled into the rear of another car before it was pushed on to the opposing carriageway – where it was struck again by the lorry.

Mrs Blackman, a missionary worker from Lockerbie, had been on her way to meet fellow volunteers when the crash took place.

She suffered severe injuries and died in hospital two weeks later.

Shields, a recovery driver from Ayr, had pled guilty to causing Mrs Blackman’s death.

David Green, head of the Scottish fatalities investigation unit, said: “David Shields’ dangerous driving has irrevocably damaged many lives and our thoughts go to the family of Yvonne Blackman.

“Driving while handling a mobile phone, in any context, is illegal and dangerous and can have the most serious of consequences.”.

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