A New Zealand truck driver died when he lost control of his rig on a bend while texting on his mobile phone.
Garry Galvan, 45, sent or received 12 text messages in 45 minutes, and it appeared he had been texting before the 2011 crash on a bend at Horohoro, near Rotorua, crash investigator Sergeant Tony Bennett told a coroner’s court.
The truck, which had been carrying concrete slabs, jack-knifed, crushing Galvan.
Coroner Wallace Bain, during Wednesday’s inquest, said the accident happened on a stretch of road that Galvan, with 25 years’ experience driving trucks, could have “negotiated in his sleep”.
“The only credible explanation can be that his attention was on the cell phone, he has corrected too late, his trailer rolled and dragged the truck unit with it as a direct result of the text,” he said.
Mr Galvan’s widow, Lynette Galvan, said the texts confirmed the cause of her husband’s death had been “black and white… stupid”.