Truck Driver Was Watching Porn When He Caused Fatal Crash

A truck driver was reportedly watching porn when he caused a fatal accident. Authorities said Ian Glover, age 44, was driving at least 50 miles per hour while using his cell phone to access pornography. Witnesses said Glover eventually lost control of his vehicle and slammed through a safety barrier.

Laura Jane Thomas and her fiance, Lewis Pagett, were traveling to the beach when they experienced mechanical trouble. The young couple was standing near the barrier when Glover’s truck busted through.

Although Thomas and Pagett were both struck, the young man’s injuries were non life-threatening. British authorities confirmed Laura Jane Thomas died on the way to the hospital.

When questioned about the accident, Glover initially said he could not remember what happened in the moments before the crash. He later stated that “the only distraction” in his truck was the radio.

Following a thorough investigation, authorities determined the truck driver was looking at porn at the time of the crash. Prosecutor Hugh O’Brian Quinn said Glover used his cell phone to access porn at least 10 times — while driving.

As reported by Express & Star, Glover said he was “deeply ashamed” that his cell phone use caused a fatal accident.

Following his arrest, Glover pleaded guilty to causing serious injury and death by dangerous driving. Judge Robin Onions had harsh words for the defendant during sentencing:

“You were on these sites at the point of impact… For many miles you were not paying proper attention… This was utterly avoidable.”

The truck driver was sentenced to five years in prison for causing a fatal accident while watching porn on his cell phone. Although Laura Jane Thomas’ family was satisfied with the sentence, they are still mourning a deep loss.

Laura Thomas

Gemma Thomas said her sister “had a lively and sparkling personality which lit up any room that she entered.” In a loving tribute, published in the Staffordshire Newsletter, Gemma discussed the successful woman that Laura had become:

“She was not only beautiful… she completed A levels in History, English and Psychology while also working a part-time job… She then went on to gain an apprenticeship as a teaching assistant to special needs children… After becoming engaged last Christmas it appeared Laura was on the track for the happily ever after life that she’d dreamed of.”

Laura Jane Thomas precious life was cut far too short by a truck driver watching porn on his cell phone. Her family and friends hope her story will remind others to put down their cell phones while driving.

[Images via Shutterstock and Express and Star]