Lorry driver on mobile phone ploughed into mother and three children


Families of a mother and three children mown down by a lorry driver have been shown footage of him using his mobile phone just before the fatal crash.
Tomasz Kroker has now been jailed for ten years after he admitted causing the deaths of Tracy, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee Goldsmith by dangerous driving.
The foursome had been travelling in a Vauxhall car, which accident investigators say was crushed until it was just a third of its normal size by the impact of the crash.
Thirty-year-old Kroker was found to have been distracted from the road for seven seconds as he changed music playing in his cab by using his mobile phone.
The fatal crash and the moments leading up to it were captured in dash cam footage. Family and friends of the victims were in court for the sentencing and some wept as the horrific footage was shown.
The Polish lorry driver was so sidetracked by what he was doing that he did not spot a line of stationary traffic directly in front of him which had built up because another lorry was struggling to make the ascent up a hill.
Footage was shown in court from two dash cams on Kroker’s lorry. In the first video, the lorry can be seen coming up to the line of stationary traffic before slamming into it at high speed.
The second piece of footage shows Kroker before the crash, scrolling through music options on his mobile phone.
He then looks up in shock less than a second before colliding with the car in front of him.
All four victims died at the scene of the accident, while another five people were hurt in the horror smash, one seriously.
Prosecuting, Charles Jackson-Ward said Kroker signed a declaration before he was able to drive the lorry, which pledged never to use either a mobile phone or a hands-free kit while driving.
Mr Jackson-Ward said that the defendant would have had an excellent view of the road ahead, given the fine weather.
He added: “Had the defendant been looking he would have seen a procession of vehicles slowly moving up in the distance. The defendant, it is clear, was not looking. It is only 0.75 seconds before the crash that the camera shows the defendant looking up with some horror on his face.”