Mum killed when car veered into lorry was watching Love Island on her phone

A mum who was killed after her car veered into the path of a lorry may have been distracted from the road as she was watching Love Island on her phone, an inquest heard.

28-year-old Charlotte Buesden, from Sheerness, Kent, died on August 23 on a busy road in Kemsley, Kent, when her Nissan Qashqai smashed into the front of a HGV.

The fatal accident occurred just after she had dropped her son off at school.

DC Bob Fursey told the inquest that at 7.30am Ms Buesden's car swayed into oncoming traffic. It was said that the HGV driver had no chance of swerving to avoid her.

DC Fursey also explained how her phone was found on the car's dashboard displaying an error message from the ITV Hub app, having disconnected from an episode of Love Island.

There was no evidence of her using data or sending messages before the crash.

DC Fursey added: "It is suggested she may have been distracted by watching Love Island by looking at or reaching for her phone.

"The reason for the loss of control from Ms Buesden's car is not explained, but she was distracted from steering, and this most likely came from being distracted by her phone."

A witness who was sat two cars behind the mum said the car drove straight at a slight bend, rather than steering around it, meaning it began to "veer into the wrong lane".

Forensic collision officer PC Duncan Swallow told the inquest that dashcam footage from the HGV, albeit poor, appeared to show Ms Buesden looking in the direction of her extended arm which was pointed towards where her phone would have been mounted on a clip.

He added that there were no weather conditions that could have played a part in the collision, and that she may have been distracted by her phone.

Coroner Bina Patel's official verdict was that the death was due to a road traffic collision. Ms Buesden had suffered a severe skull fracture.

Over 40 bunches of flowers, messages, and a small bottle of Prosecco were left in Ms Buesden's memory following the crash.

One friend, Fran, wrote: "You are too young, too beautiful and too kind to be gone. You are part of all my fun times. I have so many amazing memories of you I will treasure forever.

"You were an amazing mummy. I so wish we had more time together, more laughs, jokes, and love but it's been so cruelly taken away.

"I will never forget you and I will love you always."

A Facebook memorial has also been dedicated to the mum.

It reads: "We hope that people who love Charlotte will find comfort in visiting her profile to remember and celebrate her life."

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