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Lorry driver who killed four while using phone jailed for 10 years

  • October 31, 2016
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Lorry driver who killed four while using phone jailed for 10 years

Tracy Houghton, 45, her sons, Ethan, 13, Josh, 11, and stepdaughter, Aimee, 11, died instantly when Tomasz Kroker drove his lorry into their car at 50mph. Their car was shunted underneath the back of a heavy goods vehicle and crushed to a third of its size.

The court heard that Kroker would have had an “excellent view of the road ahead” and, if he had been looking, would have seen a procession of seven lorries and cars slowing as the road rose uphill in front of him. But instead he spent about 45 seconds looking at his phone as he scrolled through music, only occasionally glancing up and unaware that the traffic ahead had come to a stop.

Ward-Jackson said: “It was only at 0.75 seconds before that the dashcam shows [Kroker] looking up with sudden horror on his face. By now, of course, it was too late to take any avoiding action and the camera shows him dropping the phone, gripping the wheel and apparently bracing himself for the inevitable impact.”

Kroker, from Andover, Hampshire, had pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Reading crown court on 10 October. He was sentenced at the same court on Monday.

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