A303: Man jailed for 16 years for road-rage killing

A303: Man jailed for 16 years for road-rage killing

Published by Henrietta Creasey at 1:11pm 10th January 2020. (Updated at 1:57pm 10th January 2020)

Tarkan Agca deliberately drove his car into an ex-Marine near Solstice Park at Amesbury.

The 24 year old from Crusader Way in Watford, was sentenced today (10 Jan 2020) at Winchester Crown Court after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of Andrej Szaruta.

WHAT HAPPENED?

Mr Szaruta was travelling with his family along the A303 at Amesbury to London on June 21st when they were tailgated by a silver BMW driven by Agca.

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

As Mr Szaruta walked towards the BMW, Agca accelerated and hit him, causing fatal injuries.

Mr Szaruta's daughter, Rachel, witnessed the horrific incident and told police her father was "hit high in the air."

Andrzej (Andy) Szaruta (A303 tribute)
Andy Szaruta, a decorated war veteran, died from a head injury in hospital.

16 YEARS BEHIND BARS:

Sentencing the 24-year-old at Winchester Crown Court, Mrs Justice May told him:

"You drove at him, in effect using your car as a weapon, causing him to suffer the injuries that led to his death, all in the sight of his family."

"Your actions have changed their lives forever, no sentence I pass can bring back Mrs Szaruta's husband and their children's father."

The judge added that she considered Agca a "dangerous" offender and said he needed to address his "serious anger management issues".

Agca had 13 previous convictions for 28 offences, with several relating to road rage incidents which involved tailgating and attacking vehicles.

WATCH:

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

DISTRAUGHT FAMILY

Mr Szaruta's family issued an emotional statement and tribute immediately after the sentence on Tarkan Agca had been passed.

Read the statement from Andy Szaruta's family here.

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