A303: Driver admits killing man with his car near Amesbury

A303: Driver admits killing man with his car near Amesbury

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 4:26pm 3rd December 2019.

Tarkan Agca has pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Andrzej Szaruta.

The 24 year old, from Crusader Way in Watford, had been standing trial at Winchester Crown Court, charged with murder.

Today (Tuesday 3rd December), a guilty plea for manslaughter was accepted by the prosecution, and the murder charge dropped.

Winchester Crown Court 2 (Mike Draper)
The hearing was being held at Winchester Crown Court

WHAT HAPPENED

63 year old Andy Szaruta was driving along the A303 eastbound with his wife and daughter back in June this year.

Their car had been tailgated by a silver BMW, driven by Agca, for some time.

Both cars pulled into the slip road at Solstice Park at Amesbury, with Mr Szaruta getting out to speak to the other driver.

As Mr Szaruta was in front of the BMW, Agca accelerated and struck Andy, causing fatal injuries.

Andrzej (Andy) Szaruta (A303 tribute)
Andy Szaruta died after being hit by a car on the A303 at Amesbury in June 2019

During the hearing, the court heard that Agca has previous convictions related to road rage, including some 'violent and aggressive outbursts'.

A video's been released of Agca's interview with officers in police custody:

Detective Chief Inspector Darren Hannant, from the Brunel Major Crime Investigation Team, said: 

"This was an appalling crime where Mr Szaruta suffered ultimately fatal injuries in front of his horrified wife and daughter.

"Agca inflicted a cowardly assault on Mr Szaruta, with no justification whatsoever. Agca then fled the scene with no regard or concern for how seriously injured his victim was and, until recently, had not accepted any responsibility for what happened.

"I would like to extend my sincere condolences to the family of Mr Szaruta - I know how devastated his wife Susan and grown-up children Christian and Rachel have been following his death."

Agca has been remanded in custody until a sentencing hearing on the 10th January 2020.

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