A Polish lorry driver used his phone to change his music moments before he killed a 21-year-old woman by ploughing into her broken down car.
Dariusz Tokarczyk was jailed for four-and-a-half years yesterday for killing "clever and artistic" Jodie Moss.
Her Vauxhall Corsa had suffered "catastrophic engine failure" which caused it to drift to a stop in the left-hand lane, as there was no hard shoulder for her to pull into.
Dash cam footage from Tokarczyk lorry played to a judge at Reading Crown Court, showing him using his phone as he approached the point where Miss Moss's car had broken down. He ploughed into the back of tragic Jodie's car at 54mph.
The crash took place on the A34, the same road as another lorry driver Tomasz Kroker killed a mother and three children last year. Kroker had also been scrolling through music on his phone at the time of the crash.
Speaking outside court, Miss Moss's father said: "The sentence for a loss of life will never be enough. Using any device, eating, or drinking I feel should be an instant ban. The new laws don't go far enough to stop people using their phones at the wheel."
Analysis carried out after the crash showed Tokarczykdid not brake at any point other than as the collision took place and only moved to the right to try and avoid the car 0.4 seconds before impact.
Tokarczyk admitted one count of causing death by dangerous driving.
In an impact statement read to the court, Miss Moss's father, Jerry Moss, said: "Life will never be the same for any of us as we have lost a very talented, beautiful, and kind heated person. We will never see her get married and have been denied the chance to see her become a parent. Our home is now empty after 21 years."
Her brother, Jorge (corr), said: "I don't only feel the pain of losing my only sibling, I feel the loss of an intellectual inspiration. She was amazingly clever and artistic.
"I love my sister forever and I won't forget her. I hope for the first time in my life that heaven exists because I love her and I need her with me."
In mitigation, defence barrister Charles Row, read a statement from 47-year-old Tokarczyk which said: "I made such an unforgivable mistake while carrying out such a responsible job.
"I have acted so irresponsibly and unprofessionally that, because of me, a person has lost her life.
"I would like to apologise for what happened and am very sorry."
Sentencing, Judge Angela Morris said: ""Sadly this is not the first time such an accident has occurred on this busy stretch of road in circumstances where a driver takes a cavalier attitude and uses a mobile phone.
"Miss Moss sensibly applied the hazard warning lights to warn other users of her position, tragically despite doing the right thing this was insufficient to avoid what would have been an avoidable collision.
"It is clear for a considerable time before the collision occurred you were using a handheld mobile device, probably your mobile phone."
The judge jailed Tokarczyk for four-and-a-half years. He will also be banned from driving for two years and have to take an extended test before receiving another licence.