Devastated family speak after A303 road rage-killing

Devastated family speak after A303 road rage-killing

Published by Mike Draper at 1:49pm 10th January 2020. (Updated at 3:51pm 10th January 2020)

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The wife, daughter and son of Andy Szaruta say the husband, father and distinguished military veteran never deserved such an ending.

  • Andrzej Szaruta, also known as Andy, was killed in June last year
  • He died after Tarkan Agca, 24, and from Crusader Way in Watford, deliberately drove his BMW into Mr Szaruta, causing fatal injuries
  • Tarkan Agca was sentenced to 16 years in jail on Friday 10 Jan 2020

EMOTIONAL FAMILY STATEMENT

Andy Szaruta's son Christian has released the following statement on behalf of the family:

"My dad was truly an upstanding person, never failing to brighten a room with his ear to ear smile and would bring laughter to many. 

"During a distinguished career in the Royal Marines he served in the Falkland's, Bosnia, and two tours of Northern Ireland flying helicopters after joining the Army Air Corps as part of his service. Even after being shot down during one of his tours in Northern Ireland he continued to serve his country for another 10 years".

"Our family was always his priority, particularly after spending so much time away in the Marines. He always supported us tremendously, in particular in my racing activities, where he would take time off of work to drive for hours to various race circuits across the country, even coming home from holidays abroad early to do so, just to be there and support me".

A portrait photo of Andrzej 'Andy' Szaruta.
Andrzej 'Andy' Szaruta was a loving husband, father, and distinguished military veteran.

THOUGHTFUL & LOVING ORGAN DONOR

"He was a thoughtful and loving husband to my mum and would always go out of his way to help others. He took this with him to the very end, changing three people's lives for the better through organ donation, something which gave us some great comfort in knowing."

"The outpouring of support we have received has been overwhelming and we would like to thank all of our friends and family who have stood by us throughout this difficult period."

"Trying to take some positives from such an awful situation we decided to put forward a fund raiser for the air ambulance service and the Southampton Hospital neurological unit in intensive care where he received an exemplary level of service and assistance. We have seen an incredible response with over £6,000 raised so far".

A THING NO FAMILY SHOULD HAVE TO ENDURE

"We would also like to thank all of those who stopped at the roadside to help my Dad, and take care of my Mum and sister in the immediate aftermath, and particularly thank the team at Wiltshire Police for their swift response after the incident and there extensive and diligent work with the Crown Prosecution during the past several months, ensuring we now at least have some justice for my dad.

"No family should have to endure what we have been through. This stupid, thoughtless and cowardly act means we will now have to live knowing that my father was taken from us without cause or reason; We hope that today's sentence will make others pause and think of the impact their actions could have when behind the wheel before acting so recklessly."

WIFE LEFT TRAUMATISED

Mrs Szaruta said in a statement read to the Winchester court that she suffered flashbacks and added:

"I have lost my husband, my best friend and have to cope with the trauma of what happened."

Rachel Szaruta said her father, a facilities and operations director, was:

"the most kind-hearted and bravest man" she knew and "he didn't deserve such an ending".

The victim's family said in a statement:

"Andy was a sergeant major in the Royal Marine Commandos for 22 years, gaining medals for serving in the Falklands War, two tours in Northern Ireland, and a Nato medal during the Bosnian war."

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