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Lorry driver who killed family-of-four on the A34 loses appeal

Tomasz Kroker was jailed for 10 years following crash near East Ilsley last year

John Herring

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

A lorry driver who killed a family-of-four on the A34 last year has lost an appeal to reduce his jail time.

Tomasz Kroker's lorry ploughed into stationary traffic at 50mph close to East Ilsley on August 10 last year.  

The crash killed Tracey Houghton, aged 45, her two sons Ethan and Joshua Houghton, aged 13 and 11, and her partner's daughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11.

Kroker, who had been changing music on his mobile phone, was jailed for 10 years for each count of death by dangerous driving, to run concurrently.

He was also given four years for the count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, also to run concurrently, and disqualified from driving for a minimum of five years. 

The vehicle that the family had been travelling was compressed to a third of its normal size, Reading Crown Court heard when Kroker was sentenced in October last year.

However, the 30-year-old from Tarjan Walk, Andover, had asked for his sentence to be reduced.

But the Court of Appeal rejected his case on Friday, meaning Kroker will serve the remainder of his sentence.

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  • hgv1driver


    12/12/2017 - 07:07

    He should ROT in prison


  • dazzer

    06/12/2017 - 15:03

    I hope he rots in prison and that Poland pay for all the legal and prison costs - Once freed he should be kicked out of the UK -


  • rach1978

    05/12/2017 - 09:09

    This has nothing to do with him being a foreign lorry driver - I've seen countless British lorry drivers using their phone on motorways and dual carriageways. Far more disturbing is having the gall to appeal.


  • Justin S

    05/12/2017 - 08:08

    Sadly this guy is one of many thousands who do pick up a phone or device and use it during their journey, at speed and have no interest in thinking how dangerous they are . You only have to drive anywhere to see that the laws penalties for these people is not a deterrent from using them, as we have no way of policing, without the police. By the time they get found out, this is the common ending of families being destroyed and total heartbreak. I do see even expensive cars being driven with the driver with their phone against their heads, which most new vehicles now have ways of stopping the use of a mobile, but the main fix is to ban completely, which will never happen. Yes, I do have a mobile in the car. Yes it has rung when driving. Yes, I do stop in laybys to return the call. Its not rocket science and with most calls being of worthless information , why do people risk and selfishly act and create a monster of death in a vehicle for such stupidity as using a mobile ?


    • Bombey

      05/12/2017 - 13:01

      Kroker was searching for music on his hand held device, not making a call. Without the dash cam there would have been no evidence for him doing anything other than driving. Stopping mobile phones working in-car would not have prevented this tragedy.


      • Justin S

        05/12/2017 - 16:04

        If you read it above, I stated a 'phone or device' . Whichever way, its a distraction to the main reason for being in the vehicle and that's to drive it safely with eyes...........


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