A Polish lorry driver has appeared in court, accused of killing a mother and three children in a horrific crash when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle as he changed the music on his mobile phone.Tomasz Kroker faced court over the death of mother Tracy and Josh, 11, and Ethan Houghton, 13, and Aimee Goldsmith, 11, with the family killed in an eight-vehicle pile-up on the A34 in Berkshire during rush-hour.
The accused, who stood in the dock at Reading Crown Court wearing a grey jumper and light blue jeans, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth. The 30-year-old did not enter any plea. The father-of-one was also charged with a single count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving following the crash in Oxfordshire, which happened at around 5.10pm on August 10.
Magistrates were told that the prosecution case would hinge on evidence that Kroker was using his mobile phone to change music in his cab when his lorry crashed into stationary cars on the A34. Mrs Houghton, as well as her sons Ethan and Josh and step-daughter Aimee, were killed in the horrific crash as they were travelling back from a camping trip in the South West to their hometown of Dunstable, Bedfordshire.
Their Vauxhall Corsa was crushed underneath a lorry in the concertina crash. Tracy’s partner Mark Goldsmith witnessed the horrific crash and suffered whiplash and a broken rib as he drove his own Vauxhall car with his 13-year-old son Jake as a passenger.