Truck driver killed woman and boy, 14, after being distracted by mobile apps

A trucker who caused a fatal motorway pile-up was playing a game on his mobile -phone seconds before the smash. James Majury killed Anne Kerr, 50, and 14-year-old Joe Cairns when he ploughed into their school minibus. Five others in multiple vehicles were hurt.

Majury, who was warned he faces a long jail sentence, had been playing Hustle Castle as well as using apps before the horrific crash in January last year. Prosecutor Francis McEntee told a court the 32-year-old had been "voluntarily distracted". He added: "It was not simply text messages but access to Sky Sports, -Facebook and Hustle Castle which is a fantasy game.

"The defendant reacted no more than half a second before the point of contact."

The scene of the crash on the M58 between J4 Skelmersdale and J3 Bickerstaffe Truck driver killed woman and boy, 14, after being distracted by mobile appsTwo people were killed in the crash Truck driver killed woman and boy, 14, after being distracted by mobile appsJoe Cairns, 14, from Radcliffe, died in a crash on the M58.
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Majury, of Coppull, Lancashire, admitted causing death and serious injury by dangerous driving in the smash on the M58 at nearby -Bickerstaffe. Preston crown court judge Robert Altham told him he faced "a considerable period ot time" in jail. He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on March 31.

Anne, from Radcliffe, Gtr Manchester, worked at -Pontville School in Ormskirk, Lancs, where Joe, of -Southport, -Merseyside, was a pupil. Relatives of both victims were in court. Majury's lawyer James Ageros QC said: "He would like to express his remorse and regret for his actions and for their tragic loss.

The events -themselves have had a severe impact on Mr Majury."

Truck driver killed woman and boy, 14, after being distracted by mobile appsAnne Kerr, 50, from Southport, died in the crash on the M58 Truck driver killed woman and boy, 14, after being distracted by mobile appsUndated handout photo issued by Lancashire Constabulary of James Majury, 33, a distracted HGV driver who killed two people after he used mobile phone apps at the wheel including a medieval fantasy game, a court has heard. PA Photo. Issue date: Tuesday February 11, 2020.

Majury was said to have used apps including Hustle Castle, Sky Sports and Facebook from the moment he set off on his journey to about 45 minutes later when a multi-vehicle collision took place on the M58 at Bickerstaffe, Lancashire, in January 2019. See PA story COURTS M58. Photo credit should read: Lancashire Constabulary/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption.

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Francis McEntee, prosecuting, said the Crown's case was Majury was "voluntarily distracted" for a lengthy period up to and including the collision in which he reacted "no more than half a second" before impact.

Messages were also exchanged during the defendant's journey on the morning of January 8.

Majury was remanded in custody by Judge Robert Altham and told to expect a lengthy jail sentence on March 31.

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