Fareham man on trial for causing death by dangerous driving may have been distracted by phone, court told

Phillip Stocks, from Fareham, is on trial for causing death by dangerous driving, a charge he denies
Phillip Stocks, from Fareham, is on trial for causing death by dangerous driving, a charge he denies

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A DRIVER who hit a woman on a motorcycle, who later died in hospital, may have been distracted by a phone call, a court has heard.

Phillip Stocks, 54, of Redlands Lane, Fareham, is on trial for causing death by dangerous driving after the collision with Carol Carr, a charge he denies.

Ms Carr was there to be seen and he failed to see her.

Stuart Ellacott

Ms Carr, from Southampton, was riding her motorbike southbound on the A27 Moorhill Road, in West End, when Mr Stocks’ Vauxhall Insignia turned right across her path, hitting her, the court was told.

Ms Carr was later pronounced dead at hospital.

The collision happened just before 8.45am on February 18 last year.

Stuart Ellacott, prosecuting, told a jury at Southampton Crown Court that Mr Stocks had made or received three phone calls using his hands-free set while he was driving, which could have distracted him.

Mr Ellacott told the jury Mr Stocks was on his way to pick up a colleague, Collette Drew, before work, and was in a hurry because he was late.

He said: ‘Ms Carr was there to be seen and he failed to see her.

‘He left a little later than he intended to because he was watching the curling on television and he was caught in traffic on the A27.

‘There may have been a concern that he was running behind time.’

Mr Ellacott said Mr Stocks was concentrating more on the last of his phone calls - which ended just seconds before the collision - than the road.

Karl Williams, who was riding a moped behind Ms Carr at the time of the collision, was the first witness to be called.

He said: ‘The bike went onto the middle of the road and up the hill and that’s when I saw the accident happen.’

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