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Man charged in connection with four deaths on the A34

Andover man to appear in court

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Man charged in connection with four deaths on the A34

A MAN has been charged with four counts of death by dangerous driving following a multi-vehicle collision on the A34 last month.

Four members of the same family were killed on the stretch of road between the West Ilsley and Ridgeway junctions on August 10.

Tracy Houghton, aged 45, and her two sons Ethan and Josh, aged 13 and 11, and her partner's daughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11, were killed in the eight vehicle crash on the northbound carriageway.

Tomasz Kroker, aged 30, from Andover, was charged yesterday (Thursday) with four counts of death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

He has been remanded in custody and is to appear before Reading Crown Court on Monday, October 10. 

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  • gumby

    11/09/2016 - 11:11

    Commuting north from the junction where this happened, that day brought a new perspective on it. First it was a bad accident, then reports of loss of life, then it was four dead, then finally it was a family. Very sad. I just hope we get the full details of the events, to understand what might be done to reduce the risk, if the infrastructure played a part, or whether it was just down to a single drivers behaviour.

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    • Chris1973

      12/09/2016 - 17:05

      Gumby, further reports openly reported in the national media on Friday, allege that the HGV driver who caused this accident was changing music on his mobile phone at the time of the crash, or at least that is what he is being charged with in Court. Obviously guilt HAS NOT been proven yet, but if it eventually is then it is even more tragic and senseless in relation to the lives which were lost. I can't imagine how the other Family members who were following are feeling, a man and his young teenage son. To hear that your family have been killed is terrible enough, but to actually be in the car behind and witness everything...I can't imagine how anyone would ever fully get over something like that.

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  • Chris1973

    10/09/2016 - 02:02

    Heartbreaking. There can be no greater pain than losing a child, and to lose three so suddenly, along with your Partner / Daughter / Aunt etc must be so difficult for the family and friends of those who died to come to terms with. I hope that they can find a small amount of comfort from the fact that they, and the loved ones that they have lost are still in the thoughts of friends and strangers alike, as many people from all over the Country have been moved by this tragic loss

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  • Blizzard

    09/09/2016 - 08:08

    Very sad that for one person's actions has broken up a family. While he may not have intended the outcome when he set off, they must face the consequences for their actions behind the wheel. Let's all make it home tonight, let's remember there are real people in the tin cans, and real people on bikes. All wanting to get where they are going.

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