A driver was using his mobile phone when he caused a collision on the A34 in West Berkshire that led to a 28-year-old man being killed.
Lewis Stratford, 24, of Field Avenue in Oxford, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court last week to causing the death of Gavin Roberts by dangerous driving on the A34 near the Compton junction.
The crash happened shortly before 10pm on June 11 last year.
Stratford’s Vauxhall Corsa collided into the central reservation and speared onto the opposite carriageway, where it was hit head on by Mr Roberts’ BMW.
Mr Roberts suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to hospital, but died four days later.
Appearing in court last Tuesday, Stratford admitted he was using his phone at the time of the crash.
Investigating officer Sgt Beth Walton, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was an avoidable collision, occurring because of the actions taken by Lewis Stratford, which was to drive his vehicle at speed whilst using his mobile phone.
“Driving whilst using a mobile phone is one of the ‘fatal four’ driving offences, along with speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and drink or drug driving.
“It’s an offence which can, as this case shows, have catastrophic consequences, and the loss of a life in these circumstances and impact on families and friends is devastating.
“The conviction, I hope, will allow the family and friends of Gavin Roberts to have a sense of closure with regard to proceedings and enable them to continue through their grief at this difficult time.”
Following the crash, Mr Roberts’ partner Meg Williamson set up a petition to impose a 50mph limit on the A34, enforced by speed cameras. This has reached almost 2,500 signatures.
It came two months before 45-year-old Tracy Houghton, her 13-year-old son Ethan, 11-year-old son Josh, and 11-year-old stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith, were killed in an eight-vehicle collision at nearby on the A34 at East Ilsley.
Lorry driver Tomasz Kroker was also distracted by his phone when he caused the crash, and was jailed for 10 years in October.
Stratford was released on bail to be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on March 3.