Mother ‘watching Love Island’ on her mobile died in horror HGV crash during school run


Charlotte Buesden, 28, was killed after her Nissan Qashqai crashed into the front of an HGV on a road in Sittingbourne, Kent, in August. She had dropped her son off at school before her car veered towards oncoming traffic at 7.30am.

Detective Constable Bob Fursey said the driver of the lorry had no chance to avoid the collision.

He explained how Charlotte’s phone was found on the dashboard displaying an error message on the ITV Hub app.

The phone had disconnected from an episode of Love Island and there was no evidence of Charlotte having sent messages or using data before the smash.

Detective Constable Fursey said: “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.”

An eyewitness who was two cars behind Charlotte, reported seeing the Qashqai approach a slight bend but instead of steering, it stayed straight and began to “veer into the wrong lane”.

Forensic collision officer PC Duncan Swallow told the court dash-cam footage from the HGV lorry was poor, but it appeared to show Charlotte, of Sheerness, looking towards and extending her arm in the direction of where her phone would have been mounted.


One friend, named 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 her.

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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