Hatfield death crash worker was ‘driving like an idiot’, court told

PUBLISHED: 09:32 18 February 2014 | UPDATED: 09:33 18 February 2014

Ocado worker Artur Luszczynski was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

Ocado worker Artur Luszczynski was jailed for causing death by dangerous driving

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A Hatfield worker who was driving “like an idiot” lost control and crashed into trees, killing a friend and making a work colleague lose her baby.

"This is a tragedy from every angle – for the family of the deceased, the passenger who lost her baby and for you and your family, but the clock cannot be put back."

Judge Stuart Bridge

Artur Luszczynski, 38, was driving four colleagues to work at the Ocado warehouse in Hatfield early in the morning when the tragedy happened.

He was jailed for three years after admitting causing Stanislaw Hajdas’ death by dangerous driving.

Prosecutor Sandra Peck said it was dark, foggy and wet with warnings of ice on the road. The Golf car had a long standing slow puncture in a rear tyre which would have affected the road handling and the car was fully laden.

She said that on a 40mph stretch of the Lower Luton Road, near East Hyde, he tried to overtake a line of three cars close to a bend.

As he tried to pull in he lost control and the car skidded, crashing into a row of trees, before coming to rest back on the road.

She said 30-year-old Mr Hajdas received fatal injuries possibly from a branch that had crashed into the car.

Other passengers received cuts, bruises and whiplash and when the front seat passenger had a scan the following day her baby no longer had a heartbeat.

Luszczynski, a father of one from Kingsway, Luton, pleaded guilty to causing Mr Hajdas’ death by dangerous driving.

He was jailed for three years at Luton Crown Court on Friday. He was also banned from driving for five years.

Miss Peck said the defendant was familiar with the route.

One witness said he was “driving like an idiot” and others estimated his speed at between 50 and 80mph.

A breath test was negative.

Nick de Freitas, defending, said: “He has shown genuine remorse, it was the worst day of his life and it will be a burden on his shoulders for ever.

“It is a tragedy which he accepts he was responsible for.”

Mr de Freitas said his client had no motoring convictions in Poland and had not received points on his UK licence since 2004. He was still employed by Ocado.

Judge Stuart Bridge told Luszczynski: “This is a tragedy from every angle – for the family of the deceased, the passenger who lost her baby and for you and your family, but the clock cannot be put back.

“Your driving created a substantial risk of damage. You overtook at a speed of at least 55 mph.

“I also accept you are genuinely remorseful, that you have lost a friend and you have suffered depression.”


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