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Lorry driver's "needless and avoidable" phone use caused family's death on A34

Driver ploughed into stationary traffic near East Ilsley killing mother and three children

John Herring

John Herring


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Police release more information about fatal A34 crash following man's guilty plea

A lorry driver whose "needless and avoidable" use of a mobile phone behind the wheel which led to the deaths of three children and a woman on the A34 has pleaded guilty. 

Tomasz Kroker (pictured main) was using his mobile phone when his lorry ploughed into stationary traffic on the A34 between the junctions for East Ilsely and West Ilsley at 5.10pm on August 10. 

Tracey Houghton, aged 45, from Bedfordshire (pictured below), and the three children travelling in the car with her – her two sons Josh Houghton aged 11 and Ethan Houghton aged 13 and her partner's daughter Aimee Goldsmith, aged 11 - all died at the scene.

A further five people were injured in the collision.

Police have said that a slow moving articulated lorry had caused a tailback and that two other lorries and four smaller vehicles were all stationary behind it.

Kroker's lorry then drove into the back of the vehicles at an estimated 50mph.

Kroker, aged 30 from Tarjan Walk, Andover, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court today to four counts of death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

Det Sgt Gavin Collier, from Serious Injury Collision Unit said “This was a truly devastating case where a mother and three children lost their lives and a man was seriously injured.

"The most tragic element of this incident is that it was avoidable. Tomasz Kroker was looking at his mobile phone while driving, this needless and avoidable act has resulted in the most devastating circumstances.

"Phones are a distraction and ultimately these are the consequences that can so easily occur as a result."

Kroker will be sentenced at Reading Crown Court on October 31.

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