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Driver jailed for killing a father over a road rage incident

|News, Violent crime , Driving offences

A driver who killed a dad who was on his way to celebrate Father’s Day, has today been jailed.

On 21 June 2019, Andrzej Szaruta from Somerset was travelling to London to celebrate Father’s Day with his family. As they approached Stonehenge, he noticed a BMW driving erratically.

The BMW tailed Mr Szaruta before undertaking his car and pulling in front of them, narrowly missing another car.

Mr Szaruta had to swerve into the other lane to avoid hitting the BMW. He gestured to the driver of the BMW to pull over and both parked their cars on the side of the road.

Tarkan Agca, 24, stopped his BMW a little behind Mr Szaruta’s car. As Mr Szaruta left his car and started walking over to the BMW, Agca drove at him, leaving the victim with fatal injuries.

Collision experts who assessed the scene concluded that Agca had driven without hesitation or braking, and that anyone driving that way would be aware of how much damage they would inflict.

Agca was caught on dashcam footage speeding away from the scene and it was clear once the BMW had been recovered that this was the car used to inflict the fatal injuries.

When he arrived home that night, Agca contacted his girlfriend to tell her what had happened, before ringing Highways England for an update about the crash.

On 3 December Agca pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Winchester Crown Court and has today been sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Desmond Duffy of the CPS, said: “Mr Szaruta’s family were in the car when Agca violently drove at a dad who was on his way to celebrate Father’s Day. I cannot imagine how awful that must have been and I only hope today’s result will bring them some comfort.

“With dashcam footage, expert collision reports and eyewitness accounts from Mr Szaruta’s family, Agca was forced to plead guilty and admit to what he had done. He will now face the consequences of these terrible actions.”

Notes to editors

  • Desmond Duffy is a Senior Prosecutor in CPS Wessex
  • Tarkan Agca (23/07/1995) has been sentenced to 11 years in custody with an additional five years on licence. He has been disqualified from driving for three years and has had to forfeit the BMW.

 

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