‘Think of vic­tims if you are tempted to phon

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THE po­lice of­fi­cer re­spon­si­ble for in­ves­ti­gat­ing the deaths of the crash vic­tims urged peo­ple to re­mem­ber them if they are ever tempted to use a phone while driv­ing.

Mum-of-two Anne Kerr, from South­port, and 14-year-old Joe Cairns died when James Ma­jury crashed a 19-tonne lorry into queu­ing traf­fic mo­ments af­ter us­ing his mo­bile phone on the M58.

Insp Claire Pear­son de­scribed the mo­ment she had to tell their fam­i­lies why he hadn’t seen the built up traf­fic as she pleaded with oth­ers not to make the same mis­take.

She said: “I couldn’t un­der­stand how the M58, which is a three-lane mo­tor­way, a very, very long, straight piece of road where this has oc­curred; how some­one could be sat in a HGV in a high up po­si­tion and not see queu­ing traf­fic and not re­act to that queue­ing traf­fic.

“So for me, there was a rea­son why he hadn’t re­acted.

“We worked for sev­eral months to rule out the dif­fer­ent rea­sons, like me­chan­i­cal. There was no sug­ges­tion that Mr Ma­jury was drunk so then you’re left with the mo­bile phone.”

She added: “Sev­eral months down the line, we were able to con­firm that that phone had been in use from the mo­ment Mr

The crash caused by dis­tracted lorry driver James Ma­jury

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