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A man who left a mother of three to die following a collision in Crewe has been jailed.
Nathan Schultz appeared at Chester Crown Court today where he was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
The 23-year-old of Ellgreave Street, Burslem, was earlier found guilty of causing the death of Agnieszka Pocztowska’s by dangerous driving following a four-day trial at Chester Crown Court.
Schultz had previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, failing to provide a specimen, driving without insurance, driving without a licence, two counts of failing to stop following a collision and two counts of failing to report a collision.
He also admitted causing Agnieszka’s death whilst unlicensed and uninsured.
Following the sentencing Agnieszka’s husband said:
“Agnieszka was a loving wife, my best friend of 21 years and a devoted mother to our three children.
“She was a beautiful and caring woman with a big heart, who was an amazing friend and was loved by everyone who ever met her.
“Our lives were torn apart by Agnieszka’s death and nothing can ever repair that hole that has now been left.
“The sentence given today does not reflect the pain and heartbreak my family has endured since my loving wife’s death.
“That being said I would like to thank the jury for reaching a guilty verdict and for allowing us to achieve some form of justice for the man who killed my wife, my love and my best friend.
"My thanks go to Cheshire Police for all their hard work gathering all the evidence to achieve the guilty verdict - the right result.”
During the earlier trial the court heard how on Monday 14 September 2020, Schultz was driving a silver Ford Focus which was involved in two collisions with cyclists in Crewe.
The first incident occurred at 6.55am when he collided with Agnieszka Pocztowska’s bicycle on Hungerford Road.
Schultz failed to stop and drove off towards the M6.
Just minutes later, he was involved in a second collision, knocking a cyclist off his bike on Crewe Road, Haslington. Once again, he failed to stop at the scene.
Thankfully, the rider from the second collision, a 53-year-old local man, escaped with just minor injuries.
However, 41-year-old Agnieszka, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead a short time after the collision.
A manhunt was launched to trace the people responsible and following enquiries officers located the vehicle involved abandoned on a road in Trent Vale.
The car had extensive damage to the front windscreen along with three defective tyres.
Schultz was quickly identified as a suspect and arrested later that day. He was subsequently charged in connection with the incident.
Following Schultz’s conviction, PC Robin Fisher, of the Serious and Complex Collision investigation unit, said:
“Agnieszka was a loving wife and a devoted mum to her three children.
“She left home that morning and was cycling to work, but as a result of the actions taken by Schultz and Wrench she never arrived.
“The pair are both responsible for her death, Schultz was driving the car that hit her and Wrench was sat in the passenger seat.
“They were both aware that they had hit Agnieszka, but rather than stop at the scene to help her, they purposefully chose to drive off and left her to die at the side of the road.
“Even after the second collision, they continued and thought that they could evade justice.
"But thankfully, after a complex and detailed investigation, we were able to locate and bring both men to justice for their actions that day.”
In addition to his prison sentence, Schultz was also banned from driving for ten years. He will also be required to take an extended retest.
Inspector Helen Cooper added:
“It has taken more than two-years to get to this point, but I hope that the conclusion of this case will provide Agnieszka’s family with some form of closure.
“The pain and suffering that they have endured is unimaginable and our thoughts are with them at this time.
“This has been one of the most difficult cases that I have ever dealt with in my whole career at Cheshire Constabulary and I would like to thank all of the officers who have been involved in this case and who have all played a role in helping to finally achieve justice for Agnieszka’s family.”