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Text sent 'moments before crash'
Michael Smith
Michael Smith has admitted making illegal calls and texts while driving
A driver was sending texts - including one of consolation to his stepdaughter over a bereavement - just before a fatal crash, a court has been told.

Michael Smith, 43, hit the car driven by David Brown, 53, head on after overtaking in his Land Rover Discovery.

Cardiff Crown Court heard police found the texts on the sales executive's mobile written just before the crash, including the one 19 words long.

Mr Smith from Pontypool, denies causing death by dangerous driving.

The court heard how his mobile was seized by officers investigating the accident on the A492 in October last year.

The message sent to Mr Smith's stepdaughter, Hayley, read: "Just to remind you that I am here as your did and that I know your plain twice over."

You pulled straight out into the path of an oncoming car. It was an incredibly dangerous manoeuvre.
Prosecutor Martin Kelly

The prosecution claims Mr Smith sent and received five text messages as he drove along the A492 before the fatal crash, and that he received a reply from his stepdaughter as the accident happened.

Prosecutor Martin Kelly said: "Smith was regularly using his mobile phone on the journey that morning

"He sent the long text message barely two minutes before the tragic fatal crash. His stepdaughter replied to the message at the very moment the fatal collision took place.

Mr Kelly told Smith: "You pulled straight out into the path of an oncoming car. It was an incredibly dangerous manoeuvre. You failed to react because of what was on your mind."

Smith, who escaped with only minor injuries, was arrested and admitted to police making illegal calls and texts from his hand-held mobile, the court heard.

The trial continues.


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