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Polish driver sentenced for running over a “yellow vests” protestor | Drivers HGV UK

Polish driver sentenced for running over a “yellow vests” protestor | Drivers HGV UK

 

French yellow vest protests have turned out to be one of the most dangerous protests in the history of European transport. 11 protesters were killed in the accidents, and there were also tragic rear-end collisions, vehicle destruction, fires and robberies.

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Unfortunately, the list of 11 victims also included a person run over by a Polish truck driver. The incident was caused by 29-year-old Mariusz K., who was carrying cargo from Italy and was surrounded by "yellow vests" at the roundabout near Avignon. The Pole tried to break through the blockade, and the protesters reacted aggressively, shouting and hitting the vehicle. Their reaction was so strong driver felt like a victim of a robbery. For his own safety and the safety of his cargo, he decided to accelerate rapidly. It was then that he fatally hit the 23-year-old Frenchman.

Although the incident took place three years ago in December 2018, the court in Avignon has only now issued a verdict. The process took so long mainly due to the reclassification of the act. Initially, the driver was accused of manslaughter, but over time the French prosecutor's office changed the charges to manslaughter and failure to exercise due care.

Mariusz K., was sentenced to a suspended sentence of 12 months in prison.

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