Video: Distracted driver looks at phone shortly before killing 4 people

Video: Distracted driver looks at phone shortly before killing 4 people

The moment a UK truck driver looked down at his phone, shortly before smashing into a car and killing a mother and three children, has been captured on dash cam.

Tomasz Kroker, 30, has been jailed for 10 years after pleading guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury.

"[Kroker] might as well have had his eyes closed," the judge said on Monday (local time).

Tracey Houghton was killed in the crash along with her sons Ethan Houghton, 13, and Josh Houghton, 11, and her stepdaughter Aimee Goldsmith, also 11.

Outside court, Aimee's mother said the sentence wasn't enough to deter drivers from looking at their phones.

She said Kroker turned his phone into "a lethal weapon".

"He was so distracted he made no attempt to slow down. The sentence of 10 years in prison will not ease our pain and suffering, nor do we believe it will send a strong enough message to those who lack the self-restraint to not use their mobile phones whilst driving.

"It only takes a second of distraction to kill someone, destroy your life, your family's lives and those of your victim and their family."

Kroker failed to look at the road for more than a kilometre. Just an hour before the crash, he had promised his employer in a signed declaration that he wouldn't use his phone at the wheel.

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