Ion Onut Wiki – Ion Onut Biography
Ion Onut, a trucker who killed three people after trawling dating sites for casual sex while driving on a busy motorway, has been jailed for almost nine years.
Onut was “utterly oblivious” as he ploughed into stationary traffic on the A1(M) in County Durham, seconds after scrolling on his phone.
He is 41 years old.
Dashcam footage showed his lorry cab burst into flames and career 100m (328ft) along the motorway after the initial crash caused an explosion.
Durham Crown Court heard he was “utterly engrossed” in “pursuit of sexual gratification” and failed to break, driving into the traffic at 58mph.
A couple of David Daglish and Elaine Sullivan from Seaham, County Durham, and Paul Mullen, from Washington, Tyne and Wear, died instantly.
Onut was looking at adult websites S*** Today and Mystic Match and had spent £50 to engage with users.
He browsed the sites and edited his profile for up to 40 minutes before the smash, close to the Bowburn junction, around 6.15 pm on 15 July 2021.
Prosecutor Nick Dry told the court: “He was utterly engrossed in internet activity, in pursuit of sexual gratification, over an extended period of time while in control of a large goods vehicle on a busy motorway.”
Ms Sullivan’s son, Junior, told of his grief at losing his mother and stepfather.
He described feeling “unbearable rage at the sight of other drivers using their mobile phones”.
Mr Mullen’s daughter, Orlaigh, told the court how he was a hard-working family man, loving father-of-three and had been about to become a grandfather.
Meanwhile, Lauren Cawton was left with chronic leg pain and said her life had been ruined.
In the final weeks of her pregnancy, Molly Smith revealed how the crash had left her feeling “stressed, angry and guilty”.
Onut admitted three counts of causing death by dangerous driving.
He was jailed for eight years and ten months and banned from the road for ten years after his release.
Sentencing, Judge James Adkin told him: “You were not asleep at the wheel, which would have been bad enough, in fact, you were trawling the internet looking for casual sex partners.”