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Polish trucker admits dangerous driving

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Polish lorry driver admits killing three children and their mother in an eight-car pile up on the A34 while changing the music on his mobile phone

Thomasz Kroker has admitted killing three children and their mother

Tracy Houghton, 45, died alongside sons Josh, 11, and Ethan, 13, and step-daughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11, in the pile up on the A34 in August

Their car was shunted under a lorry after Kroker ploughed into traffic

He was distracted by his mobile for at least seven seconds before crash

By STEPHANIE LINNING FOR MAILONLINE

10 October 2016

A lorry driver has admitted killing three children and their mother in horrific eight-car pile up while changing the music on his mobile phone.

Mother Tracy Houghton died alongside sons Josh, 11, Ethan, 13, and step-daughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11, in the crash on the A34, in Oxfordshire, on August 10.

Their Vauxhall Corse was shunted under a lorry after Thomasz Kroker, 30, ploughed into a queue of stationary cars.

Kroker, from Andover, Hampshire, had been distracted by his mobile phone for at least seven seconds in the moments leading up to the crash, the court heard.

The father-of-one appeared at Reading Crown Court today charged with causing their deaths.

He also admitted to a single count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving to a fifth person. Kroker will be sentenced later this month.

Prosecutor Charles Ward Jackson, said: ‘One of the issues a sentencing judge will have to think about is how long the defendant was distracted by his mobile phone.

‘This was at least seven-and-three-quarter seconds as shown by dash cam video.

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