A lorry driver who exchanged saucy texts with his lover while driving through Lincolnshire villages on wet roads has been found guilty of dangerous driving.
As Ian Wood, 43, approached Welbourn one morning doing around 46mph he texted her: “Don’t give me a hard winkle.”
In Navenby, this was followed by more salacious messages as he drove at 40mph.
Then at Bracebridge Heath he sent a message urging her to: “Head to Lincoln on the A15 and wait in the first lay-by you come to.”
The meeting planned for later that day never happened because at 8.51am on November 3 last year Wood was involved in a fatal collision on the A46 just past the Welton turn-off.
Special constable Scott Bennett lost control of his car and was killed.
Wood did not cause the crash and the last text to or from his phone was 13 minutes beforehand.
However, Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard police checked Wood’s phone and the vehicle’s tachograph and discovered the messages and the speeds he had been driving.
The court heard other messages referred to a hotel the lovers had visited the previous day.
He texted: “Hope you found it OK.”, to which she replied: “I did thanks. God it’s really nice.”
Then at 7.56am he wrote: “Yeah, it posh. Just went past it 10 minutes ago.”
Wood, of Wegberg Road, Nocton, denied dangerous driving on November 3 on the A607, the A15 and Great Northern Terrace, in Lincoln.
Wood has been disqualified from driving for 15 months, ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and will pay a £60 victim surcharge and £100 costs.