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Lorry driver admits to causing young girl’s death

A one-armed lorry driver admitted causing the death of a three-year-old girl and seriously injuring her mother in a crash on the A34.

Thomas Hunter, 58, from Mansfield, ploughed his truck into the back of Collette Wiggin’s car and caused a seven-vehicle collision on the A34 at Hinksey on August 25 last year.

Daughter Isla suffered serious brain injuries and died two days later at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Headington.

Pregnant mum Mrs Wiggin, 31, suffered a broken neck and lost her unborn son, who was named Harry.

Senior investigating officer Sgt Beth Walton, of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said she is “pleased” that Hunter pleaded guilty.

She added: “This was a senseless collision which has devastated a family through the loss of Isla and baby Harry.

“This collision has affected so many lives due to a lack of action taken by one person – Thomas Hunter.

“He could have prevented this from happening and from such devastation being caused to so many.”

Hunter, who has a prosthetic left arm, was charged with the offences last December and pleaded guilty to both charges of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday last week.

He will be sentenced at the same court on July 17.

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