Warning: Distressing content. A UK trucker killed a mother and her three children after crashing into them while changing music on his phone.
UK mother Tracy Houghton was driving her family home from a summer camping trip in Devon earlier this year.
In the car with her were her two sons, Josh and Ethan, and her step-daughter Aimee Goldsmith. Up ahead, a slow-moving articulated lorry caused traffic on the A34 in Berkshire, west of London, to come to a standstill.
The moment the truck ploughed into the back of the car – while the driver was checking his phone.
Behind them, 30-year-old truck driver Tomasz Kroker was careering towards them at 80kmh. He was changing music on his phone.
The driver was scrolling between music tracks on his phone.
Before he could stop in time, he smashed into the family’s car, killing all four of them instantly.
Kroker has since been handed a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty at Reading Crown Court to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury.
Judge Maura McGowan said that Kroker’s attention had been so poor that he “might as well have had his eyes closed”.
The aftermath of the horror crash which claimed four lives.
The victims’ family have since worked with police to produce a heartbreaking video about the accident and the tragedy it has inflicted on their lives, as well as highlighting the perils of using your phone while driving.
The accident took place near the villages of East Ilsley and West Ilsley, west Reading and north of Newbury.
The wreckage of the family’s car following the tragic accident.