The devastating footage that police and grieving family want EVERY driver to see

If you’ve ever picked up your phone while driving then the police want you to see this footage. The distressing clip shows the moment a lorry driver looked at his mobile[1] while on the motorway and ended up killing a mother and her three children. Surrey Police[2] released the footage in an attempt to stop drivers using their phones at the wheel.

Officers also recently made a lorry driver look at the footage after being caught using his phone behind the wheel, reports Get Surrey[3]. The footage shows lorry driver Tomasz Kroker smashing into stationary traffic in 2015 while using his mobile – killing mother Tracy Houghton, 45, and three children. This included her sons Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11 as well as her partner’s daughter Aimee Goldsmith, 11.

Tomasz Kroker looking at his mobile phone while driving his lorry moments before he killed a woman and three children Tracy Houghton was killed in the crash Car after Tomasz Kroker's lorry ploughed into itTracy’s car after Tomasz Kroker’s lorry ploughed into it

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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?”

Kroker, 30, was jailed for 10 years at Reading Crown Court after pleading guilty to four deaths by dangerous driving[4] 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.

(L-R) Josh, 11, and Ethan, 13, Houghton were killed in the crash Aimee GoldsmithAimee Goldsmith also died in the accident Tomasz Kroker, 30, was jailed for 10 years

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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.

References

  1. ^ his mobile (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Surrey Police (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ reports Get Surrey (www.getsurrey.co.uk)
  4. ^ dangerous driving (www.mirror.co.uk)

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