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Hit-and-run driver who killed cyclist and briefly returned to scene before fleeing jailed for 10 years

Nathan Schultz killed Agnieszka Pocztowska and struck another cyclist while driving home – without a licence – from a party

A motorist who struck and killed a cyclist, returning briefly to the scene before fleeing and hitting another cyclist minutes later, has been sentenced to ten years in prison and banned from driving for ten years.

Agnieszka Pocztowska, 41, was riding her bike on Hungerford Road in Crewe at 6.55am on 14 September 2020 when she was hit head-on by 23-year-old Nathan Schultz, who was driving a Ford Focus on the wrong side of the road.

Schultz, driving without insurance or a licence, was on his way home from a party when he struck the mother-of-three, throwing her over the roof of the vehicle. Carrying on with a shattered windscreen, the motorist briefly returned to the scene to look at the victim before speeding off in the direction of the M6 motorway.

Ms Pocztowska was pronounced dead shortly after the collision.

On a nearby road in Haslington, Schultz hit another cyclist before once again fleeing, leaving a 53-year-old man with minor injuries.

He then went on to swap seats with his passenger, 21-year-old Kasey Wrench, before dumping the car, leaving some clothing in a nearby woodland, and taking a taxi to his mother’s house in Middleport.

A manhunt was launched to trace those involved, and the Ford Focus was found abandoned in Trent Vale following enquiries. As well as the shattered front windscreen, the car was reported to have had three defective tyres. Schultz was identified as a suspect almost immediately and arrested within two hours.

Wrench was also quickly identified as the passenger, and arrested in connection with the incident. He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, driving without a licence, and driving without insurance, and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 24 months, plus 200 hours unpaid work, £300 costs, a £136 victim surcharge, and a three-year driving disqualification.

> Hit-and-run driver who killed cyclist and hit another minutes later convicted of causing death by dangerous driving

At the time of Wrench’s sentencing in December 2021, Crewe Nub News reported from the trial that the 21-year-old was “half asleep” after a drink and drugs binge, and was a passenger in the Ford Focus until it entered Trent Vale, when he swapped seats with Schultz. Wrench was seen driving the vehicle for 400 metres, with the judge saying that he “drove the car in a sense of panic because of what the vehicle had been involved in”.

While Wrench admitted his involvement straight away following his arrest, Schultz initially refused to answer any questions and pretended to be asleep when he was asked to provide a breath sample (though police officers did not report him being intoxicated at the time of his arrest, two hours after the fatal collision).

Eventually Schultz 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 the death of Ms Pocztowska whilst unlicensed and uninsured.

On Friday, following a four-day trial at Chester Crown Court, Schultz was sentenced to ten years in prison. He was also disqualified from driving for ten years and ordered to take an extended retest.

Speaking at the sentencing, judge Michael Leeming told Schultz: “There was no obvious reason for you to be on the wrong side of the road. The case was put on the basis you were intoxicated at the time. She was there to be seen and should have been seen by any careful and competent driver.

“You continued along the road before turning around and slowing where you could see the cyclist. Instead of stopping at the scene you drove off.

“I am sure that the manner of your driving was affected by the consumption of alcohol.

“There was a flagrant disregard for the rules of the road – driving on the wrong side of the road for no apparent reason, no driving licence, no insurance, having consumed alcohol, a complete disregard of the danger driving in that way would cause to others.”

Ryan joined in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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NOtotheEU | 1 year ago

Good to see the police and courts have temporarily removed a dangerous driver from the roads. What a shame an innocent cyclist had to die before they did something though.

Interesting that when the police want to they can find a hidden ford focus and its driver in a matter of hours but the distinctive black Ford Ranger towing a silver Ifor Williams trailer which hit cyclist Christina Mackenzie and was on camera has never been found.

giff77 replied to NOtotheEU | 1 year ago

Still can't figure out why it's so difficult to trace a distinctive trailer in a rural area. 

OldRidgeback replied to giff77 | 1 year ago

It's a distinctive trailer being towed by a not especially common pick up truck too. The cynic in me says its because Police Scotland cannot be arsed.

mikecassie replied to NOtotheEU | 1 year ago

Probably, as we have seen, Police Scotland don't give a damn about cyclists.  Yes I've had some success with reporting a close pass but I've seen more opposition to close passes too.  

Legin | 1 year ago

A proper sentence at least.

The only thing I have noticed is that the harsher sentences seemed to be reserved for certain members of our community. If he, was a blond hair blue eyed she, and committed the same crime, I'd say 3 years, possibly?

jaymack replied to Legin | 1 year ago

If I didn't seem so frivolous I would give a 'like' for such an acute piece of observation.

mctrials23 replied to Legin | 1 year ago

This isn't even close to a proper sentence. Should be easily double this. Hit and killed a woman, hit another cyclist afterwards, fled the scene, didn't have a licence or insurance and was driving on the wrong side of the road. Almost certainly drunk and/or high and they get 10 years. So 5 for good behaviour which unless you are absolutely braindead is hard not to acheive in prison. 

Pathetic sentence. The only reason anyone thinks otherwise is because normally the sentences are even more of a joke.  

Legin replied to mctrials23 | 1 year ago

mctrials23 wrote:

Pathetic sentence. The only reason anyone thinks otherwise is because normally the sentences are even more of a joke.  

And that is why in the environment we find ourselves that is a "proper sentence".

Laurian | 1 year ago

Absolutely abhorrent. The poor woman and other cyclist. Insane how lowlife idiots can cause so much misery and harm so easily. Condolences to the families of the victims.

At least the sentence isn't ludicrously lenient, although I am sure he will be back on the streets soon enough. I never understand why they bother with driving bans for these idiots as they don't intend to obey them, much waste of life and potential.

IanGlasgow replied to Laurian | 1 year ago

A drving ban for someone who was charged with driving without a licence is completely meaningless.

Rome73 replied to IanGlasgow | 1 year ago

Exactly. A driving ban is pathetically inadeguate for someone who willingly drives without lisence or insurance. (Especially as there is so little enforcement unless the driver is involved in a KSI) I would tend toward the Saudi standard of punishment for people like this callous driver. 

mikecassie replied to IanGlasgow | 1 year ago

My thoughts precisely.  

andystow replied to IanGlasgow | 1 year ago

IanGlasgow wrote:

A drving ban for someone who was charged with driving without a licence is completely meaningless.

Don't forget an "extended retest" that he'll have to show up to (fairly) sober.

EK Spinner replied to Laurian | 1 year ago

I have advocated for some time that driving while disqualified should be automatic jail time, for the length of the original ban, not even just the remainder

ktache | 1 year ago

My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Agnieszka Pocztowska.

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