Police share distressing clip of moment family died and show it to lorry driver caught using phone

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A distressing video clip has been shared by police showing the moment a lorry driver glanced down at his phone and smashed into stationary traffic. A mum and three children were killed and officers have now shown the footage to another lorry driver caught using his phone at the wheel. Tracy Houghton, 45, and her three sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11 as well as her partner’s daughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11, were returning from a holiday in Devon when a truck, driven by Thomasz Kroker, ploughed into their car.

The clip shows the moment Kroker looks at his mobile while on the motorway – an act that caused the deaths of four people. Read Next: A390 traffic chaos due to milk spillage which left man trapped under crates[2]

(L-R) Josh, 11, and Ethan, 13, Houghton were killed in the crash (Image: PA) Surrey Police released the footage in an attempt to stop drivers using their phones at the wheel.
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Officers also recently made a lorry driver look at the footage after being caught using his phone behind the wheel, reports Get Surrey.
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The distressing video also shows Aimee’s Mum, Josh and Ethan’s father and Tracy’s partner Mark reliving the events of the day and describing the affect the deaths have had on them. Read Next: Drivers are being told they can ignore these double yellow lines in Cornish town[5] Aimee Goldsmith

Aimee Goldsmith also died in the accident (Image: PA)
In the clip, Aimee’s mum, Kate, said: “I continue to see drivers using their phones. It sickens me.

“If they had seen the devastation they brought my family, or to other families, by using phones, illegally… distracting themselves from driving a potential weapon… “Would they be as sickened as we are?” Read Next: The new stretch of A30 at Temple and Bodmin has opened early in one direction[6]

Tracy Houghton was killed in the crash
Kroker, 30, was jailed for 10 years at Reading Crown Court after pleading guilty to four deaths by dangerous driving[7] and a single count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

It was revealed he was scrolling music selections for almost 1km on the A34 near Newbury.
Tomasz Kroker, 30, was jailed for 10 years (Image: PA)

After his conviction, former Gloucestershire police chief constable Suzette Davenport said it was up to the public to make it socially unacceptable to use your mobile at the wheel. Nationally, the number of mobile users who text, make calls and check social media accounts has risen and “distracted driving” is expected to be the biggest single cause of death and injuries on the roads. The lorry driver from Andover, Hampshire, pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving.

Read Next: Looking back at when the last new section of A30 opened exactly 10 years ago[8]

References

  1. ^ Comments (0) (www.cornwalllive.com)
  2. ^ A390 traffic chaos due to milk spillage which left man trapped under crates (www.cornwalllive.com)
  3. ^ Surrey Police (www.mirror.co.uk)
  4. ^ reports Get Surrey (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  5. ^ Drivers are being told they can ignore these double yellow lines in Cornish town (www.cornwalllive.com)
  6. ^ The new stretch of A30 at Temple and Bodmin has opened early in one direction (www.cornwalllive.com)
  7. ^ dangerous driving (www.mirror.co.uk)
  8. ^ Looking back at when the last new section of A30 opened exactly 10 years ago (www.cornwalllive.com)

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