Lorry driver ADMITS killing stranded mum and two other motorists when he ploughed into them while on the phone | The Sun
18th January 2023

A LORRY driver killed a stranded mum and two other motorists when he ploughed into them while on the phone.

Michal Kopaniarz smashed into bride-to-be Alex Britton, 28, on the A303 near Andover, Hampshire after she had broken down.


He also killed good Samaritans Tina Ince, 58, and recovery truck driver Tom Watson, 30, when they stopped to help the mum-of-two.

Kopaniarz today pleaded guilty to causing the three deaths by dangerous driving.

The 39-year-old also admitted perverting the course of justice by damaging and disposing of his mobile to hide the fact he was using it at the time of the crash.

Winchester Crown Court heard Alex had been on her way to work on August 25, 2021, when her Vauxhall Astra broke down.

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She was declared dead at the scene after being hit by Kopaniarz as he drove his articulated HGV.

Tina and Tom were also pronounced dead on the busy road after the driver ploughed into them.

Prosecutor Simon Jones told the court: "The defendant was using his mobile phone while driving dangerously. It was the destruction of this phone which perverted the cause of justice.

"He knew that his destruction of his phone was done with a specific purpose.

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"[He knows he] is looking at a significant custodial sentence."

Alex's fiance Aaron Law previously said telling his two young daughters their mum was dead was the hardest thing he has ever done.

Speaking after the crash, he said: "They’re never ever, ever, going to forget their mum.

"She was really beautiful inside and out. She was amazing with [the children]."

The childhood sweethearts were due to be married in 2019 but the ceremony was delayed until February 2022 due to the pandemic.

Aaron said their daughters would never forget ceremony manager Alex as they were surrounded by photos of her.

He added: "They’ve got pictures everywhere of her. We talk about her.

"We’re adamant that they’re never ever going to forget her.

"When I told [my oldest daughter], that was probably one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life."

Tina was praised by her family after she tried to help Alex.

They said: “Tina was a kind and generous person with a heart of gold.

“She lived as she died: helping people. Words do not begin to describe how much she will be missed by those who knew her. She was strong, hardworking, and truly one of a kind."

While Tom's family described him as "a kind-hearted, generous man who loved to help people and do anything for his family".

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Kopaniarz was remanded in custody to be sentenced on February 24.


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