A school teacher has come face to face with the driver who killed her boyfriend whilst on his mobile phone and told him that she will forgive him eventually as she is "not that kind of person" .
Lewis Stratford, 24, thought his girlfriend was cheating on him and was arguing with her on his mobile phone as he crashed through the central reservation head on into Gavin Roberts, 28.
Mr Roberts, a railway electrical engineer who was on his way to a night shift, was seriously injured and died in hospital four days later.
Stratford, who says that he "deserves" to be in prison, has been jailed for three years and eight months.
Before his sentencing had an emotional meeting with Mr Roberts' girlfriend Meg Williamson in which he told her: " I deserve everything I get".
In a moving exchange Miss Williamson asked Stratford about his injuries and the impact that it had had on his family, before shaking her head when she asked if he was angry at him.
"A little bit but then so many people do it, so many people," she said in the meeting filmed by the BBC.
"But it was a stupid mistake. I don't want to hate you forever. I'm not that type of person. "And eventually I'll probably be able to forgive you."
As he arrived for his sentencing on Friday Stratford, who pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, warned: "Don't use your phone, you'll end up like me".
The court heard that he was speeding in an over-emotional state when his white Vauxhall Corsa hit the central reservation of the A34 near East Ilsley in Berkshire on June 11 2016 and crossed on to the opposite carriageway, where it collided with Mr Robert's blue BMW.
He had made multiple calls to his then-partner in the half an hour preceding the crash, screaming down the phone that she was cheating on him, prosecutor Alan Blake said.
The court also heard that Stratford admitted having consumed some alcohol prior to the crash, but due to the nature of his injuries, no breath sample was taken.
Jailing Stratford, Judge Stephen John said: "The simple fact is that this successful, popular and promising young man would be alive today if you had not behaved so irresponsibly. "This was a wholly avoidable accident which caused a wholly avoidable death. "Only you are to blame."
Speaking to the BBC about why he was using his mobile, he said: "I was scared of losing her.
"They were emotional calls, they were shouting calls, high-emotion calls, raging calls that shouldn't have been made that night.
"And I got to live with that forever and ever and ever and ever."
The case comes as police forces across the country take part in a campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of using a phone at the wheel, with stricter legislation introduced on March 1.
Scores of drivers were stopped on the first day of the crackdown, including 11 in Thames Valley Police's first patrol of the day.