“What’s happening on the roads is crazy.” Sentence in the case of a driver who shot a cyclist
Photo: Photo from the case file
Drawing attention, even in a loud tone, to a road situation that did not comply with the regulations cannot be considered an attack, judge Iwona Gierula emphasized in the justification of the verdict. A trial in a high-profile case of shooting a cyclist by a driver ended yesterday before a Warsaw court.
According to the lawyer, his client defended himself because he was attacked. – Auxiliary Prosecutor [pokrzywdzony rowerzysta – red.] decided to give chase and catch up with Mr. Zbigniew [oskarżonego – red]in reaction to something that appalled him, regardless of whether it happened or not. The reaction was inappropriate and certainly went beyond what one would expect from a social worker or government official. It was not a substantive reaction, but an outburst of aggression, a hysterical, choleric reaction – said attorney Konrad Kulczycki.
Tomasz Sieka, the auxiliary prosecutor’s attorney: – We know that the shot was from close range, we also know that it was not preceded by any verbal warning. The accused did not put the barrel through the two-centimeter gap, only the window was open wide. How did the accused feel threatened? How much was it a response to attention? Even for biting or loud and strong knocking on the glass? What kind of threat could my client be, even if he was banging his fist against the glass? none. The accused had the option not to open the window, he had the option to drive away and lock the door. He had several options, but he made an offensive decision.
The cyclist claims that he wanted to draw the driver’s attention because he almost ran over a pedestrian. In response, he was shot twice in the stomach with an air rifle.
Yesterday, after almost eight months of trial, the court announced its verdict in this case.
“Allergy to Drivers”
It was Tuesday, February 2, 2021 in Warsaw’s Wola district. At the intersection of Żelazna and Ogrodowa, there is a crowd. The cyclist was screaming, calling for help: “I’ve been shot!”. The crowds started to come. Some stood on the driver’s side, others were behind the cyclist. Some just watched, others joined in the struggle. Screams flew in the air from time to time. Someone’s shoe fell off in the scuffle. What was it about?
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