Man jailed for causing death by dangerous driving - Harpenden

10/02/2014

A Polish driver appeared at Luton Crown Court on Friday, 07 February 2014, and was sentenced to three years imprisonment having previously admitted causing death by dangerous driving.

Artur Luszczynski, aged 38, from Kings Way, Luton, was jailed for causing the death of work colleague, 28-year-old Stanislaw Hajdas, who was one of four passengers in Luszczynski's vehicle when it crashed into trees.  Luszczynski was also disqualified from driving for five years and ordered to undergo an extended driving test on completion of the disqualification.

The collision occurred at around 5am on 19 December 2012, on the B653 Lower Luton Road, Harpenden whilst Luszczynski was driving his colleagues to work at the Ocado warehouse in Hatfield.  It was dark, foggy and wet and he skidded and lost control of his vehicle having overtaken three vehicles prior to a left hand bend. No other vehicles were involved in the collision itself.  Three other passengers in Luszczynski's vehicle also received injuries as a result of the collision and one, who was ten weeks pregnant, tragically lost her unborn baby.

On summing up Judge Stuart Bridge stated that this case was "a tragedy from every angle" and that the actions of Luszczynski on the morning of the collision had been "wholly inappropriate."