A lorry driver who ‘killed a woman in a collision’ had been watching TV on his mobile phone, a court hears

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A TRUCKER was watching TV on his mobile phone just before he killed a woman by ploughing into her car, a court heard.

Student Abigail Harvey’s Audi A1 was struck by the lorry driven by Viorel Sandulache, 26, on the QEII Bridge linking Essex with Kent.

Abigail Harvey
Student Abigail Harvey was killed when Sandulache’s lorry collided with her Audi A1
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Abigail, 21, of Basildon, Essex, died three days after the crash in November 2017.

Prosecutor Nina Ellen said that before the accident and while the lorry was moving two Google searches were made on Sandulache’s phone.

She told Maidstone crown court: “The first search was for series one of a particular Romanian television programme. The second search was for series two.”


She said a police investigation concluded that Sandulache “would have been playing that television show on his phone at the time of the collision”.

She said his actions were “inevitably dangerous”.

Sandulache, of Grays, Essex, admits causing death by careless driving but denies death by dangerous driving. The trial continues.

Viorel Sandulache
Viorel Sandulache crashed into Abigail in November 2017
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