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Death crash mother 'distracted'

Becky Kingsland and her children: Pic from South West News
Becky Kingsland with her daughter Alanah and son Logan

A mother killed with two of her children in a head-on crash was probably distracted by them as she drove, a coroner has said.

Becky Kingsland, 26, from Berkeley, Gloucestershire swerved into a 40-tonne lorry on the B4066 between Berkeley and Sharpness, an inquest heard.

Her two-year-old daughter Alanah and six-month-old son Logan also died in the crash on 27 June 2008.

Coroner Alan Crickmore recorded three verdicts of accidental death.

The three were killed instantly when their vehicle suddenly veered into the path of a lorry belonging to haulage firm WH Malcolms, the inquest at Gloucester Coroner's Court was told.

Lorry driver Peter Rudd said: "It crossed the line and collided with the front of the lorry. I had no time to take evasive action."

'Sudden movement'

Mr Rudd's lorry tipped on to its driver's side and he was flown to hospital with minor injuries.

Ms Kingsland, who had split from the children's father, leaves two sons, Dylan, eight, and Steven, five, who were at school when the collision happened.

Jamie Buckingham, Ms Kingsland's former partner, and father of her two eldest children, told the inquest she was looking to go back to college to study aromatherapy.

He added: "I never had any concerns about Becky transporting our children."

Pc Malcolm Shute said the children were strapped in their child seats and concluded that the car made a sudden movement into the path of the lorry.

The coroner said: "The most likely reason for this road traffic accident was that Rebecca was distracted by the children.

"Something kicked off in the back of the car, she turned to find out what or reprimand them and that caused the vehicle to moved to the right."

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