A MAN, 30, of Budgewoi, is believed to be the first person charged in NSW with dangerous driving occasioning death as a result of using his mobile phone.

Jason Noel Rippard was driving on the Pacific Highway at Crangan Bay on December 9 when he allegedly left the road after 6am and hit cyclist Graham Denton, 52, of Caves Beach.

The impact threw the cyclist several metres on to the road, killing him instantly.

Mr Rippard allegedly failed a roadside breath test and was taken to The Entrance police station for a breath analysis.

He was later charged with dangerous driving causing death, low range drink-driving and being unlicensed.

In Wyong Local Court on Wednesday Mr Rippard’s solicitor Kevin Pearce said that “if there was ever an example of the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving this is it”.

The matter has been adjourned until April 13. Bail was continued.

In 2006 Marcus Johnstone, of Victoria, became the second person in the state to be charged with culpable and negligent driving for being distracted by a mobile phone.

Johnstone, who was 22 at the time of the 2004 accident, was deleting a text message when his car hit a power pole and killed two teenage girls.

From express-advocate-gosford.whereilive.com.au