A lorry driver has pleaded guilty to family in an eight-vehicle crash on the A34 in Berkshire has admitted in court that he was using a mobile phone to look for music when the collision happened
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Polish lorry driver Tomasz Kroker, 30, was driving his lorry when it collided with the families’ car on the A34 between Chieveley and West Ilsley on 10 August.
Reading Crown Court heard he was distracted by using a mobile phone.
Kroker, who admitted to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, will be sentenced on 31 October.
30-year-old lorry driver has been convicted of causing death by dangerous driving after a collision on the A34 in August in which a woman and three children were killed and a man was seriously injured. He was using his mobile phone at the time of the crash.
Tomasz Kroker from Tarjan Walk, Andover, Hampshire, pleaded guilty at Reading Crown Court today (10/9) to four counts of death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
He was arrested on 10 August and charged on 8 September.
Police officers were called to a report of a collision on the northbound carriageway shortly after 5.10pm on 10 August on the A34 between the East Ilsley and West Ilsley junctions.
A slow moving articulated lorry had caused a tailback. Two other lorries and four smaller vehicles were all stationary behind it. A fourth lorry driven by Kroker drove into the back of the vehicles at a speed estimated to be 50mph.
Tracey Houghton, aged 45, from Bedfordshire, and the three children travelling in the car with her – her two stepsons Josh Houghton aged 11 and Ethan Houghton aged 13 and her daughter Aimee Goldsmith, aged 11 – all died at the scene.
A further five people were injured in the collision.
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.”