Video of horrific accident that killed mother, three children shows lorry driver using his phone at the moment of impact
A mother and her three children were killed in a horrific crash which was caused by a lorry driver who was looking at his phone. The family of the mother and children have decided to make motorists witness the seconds before their death to learn about the dangers of using a phone while driving.
In the footage of the accident taken from the dashcam of the lorry, Tomasz Kroker can be seen ramming into some parked cars he failed to spot because he was looking down at his mobile phone trying to change the music in 2015.
45-year-old Tracy Houghton and her sons – Ethan, 13, and Joshua, 11 – along with her partner's 11-year-old daughter Aimee Goldsmith died in the tragic and horrifying crash.
Aimee's mother Kate recalls the day that police told her how her child was dead in a clip that was shared with Surrey Live. "I continue to see drivers using their phones and 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?"
Goldsmith's son Jake saw the A34 crash as he was in the car behind along with his father. Jake saw his sister, stepbrothers, and also his father's partner Tracy die. Kate shared, "He [Jake] was in the car behind. He witnessed his sister dying, his best friend, his best friend's brother and his dad's partner. How do you recover from that? Don't use your mobile phone while you're driving. You'll kill yourself or someone else".
Ethan and Josh's father Doug Houghton said, "The amount of pain and heartache I've gone through is kind of immeasurable. You still see people using their mobile phones. Does it take someone to be killed for people's ideals to change?"
Ethan and Josh's aunt Vicki Hopkins said, "I've lost my nephews who were a big part of my life. People don't understand the impact that this has not only on the immediate family but on the whole family, their friends – hundreds of people".
The lorry driver Tomasz Kroker hit the vehicle that the family was in killing them on spot. Kroker was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The appeal is a part of a campaign which looks at mobile phone use. Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit inspector Chris Huggins shared, "We are extremely grateful to the family for supporting our campaign and telling their heart-wrenching story and the impact their loss has had on their lives".
"This case highlights the devastating consequences of using a mobile phone at the wheel and what life is like for those families and friends who lose a loved one. I hope those people who continue to ignore our warnings listen carefully to this family's message and take note so that no one else has to experience their pain," he continued.