I'm sure lots of people have seen those pictures on the Internet of a cute guy or girl standing infront of something minorly out of focus, but very significant. Guess where all the attention goes? To the cute guy or girl. That's what I suspect happened to this guy, his concentration was momentarily diverted to focussing on some minutae of the farmyard or trees he was approaching, and voila, before he knew it, he was on the intersection at precisely the worst possible moment.
I'd be curious if the driver has a touch of ADHD, which certainly can impact executive function, or there was just fatigue involved. But we may very well never really know the true answers to such unless he volunteers for, and is forensically tested. If it would be possible, as part of his sentencing, to compel him to work with human factors engineers, and psychologists/psychiatrists I think that would be a useful contribution to society.
He'll probably get 2 years less a day (the maximum "provincial" sentence), and immigration will move to revoke his PR card and return him to India upon his release. Terribly tragic. I was in Humboldt for a funeral a few weeks ago and while the topic obviously didn't come up much, I don't think there's really a "lock him up and throw away the key" sort of attitude in the town.