Accused Polish truck driver Adrian Pawel Wróbel at the District Court in Uherské Hradiště, May 23, 2022. The man faces one to six years in prison for the negligent death of two people.
Uherské Hradiště – The prosecutor proposed three years in prison and at least a five-year driving ban to the Polish truck driver who killed two road workers working on the roadside in an accident near Kunovice in the Uherské Hradiště region last year. The defense requests the imposition of a suspended sentence at the lower limit of the criminal rate, and also agrees to a possible ban on driving. The Uhersko-Hradišť district court should deliver the verdict on March 9. While the defendant Adrian Pawel Wróbel denied guilt at the opening of the main trial last year, today he confessed. He expressed regret and apologized to the bereaved. He faces one to six years in prison for negligently killing two people.
The 42-year-old Wróbel complained of ill health immediately before the accident. He claimed he didn't know what happened to him in the car. “I didn't do anything on purpose. I'm very sorry, I'd like to apologize to everyone again. It's hard for me to cope and I can't imagine how the families of the deceased cope. If I didn't have children, I would probably take my own life,” said Wróbel. He now takes antidepressants and receives psychiatric outpatient treatment. The court today asked for a light sentence.
The tragic accident happened on the morning of August 4, 2021, on a straight and clear stretch of I/50. At that time, the professional driver of a Renault Master truck was driving in the direction from Brno to Kunovice. According to the indictment, he did not properly monitor the traffic situation and drove at a speed of at least 110 kilometers per hour in a place where the permitted speed was limited to 70 and then 50 kilometers per hour. According to prosecutor Tomáš Pindur, Wróbel did not respond to a van at the roadside with its orange warning lights on and crashed into a stationary vehicle.
According to the indictment, a parked Peugeot Boxer collided with a truck and hit two men who were placing portable traffic signs at the right shoulder. According to the prosecutor, both suffered multiple injuries and died on the spot. The police had previously stated that the dead men were 57 and 58 years old and were employees of a private company. A breath test for the presence of alcohol and a drug test were negative for the truck driver, who escaped the accident without injury.
According to road transport expert František Kropáč, the defendant could see the truck at a distance of 300 meters or more. that is, eight to ten seconds before impact. “The parked Peugeot vehicle was located partly on the roadside and partly, by approximately one meter, encroaching on the lane of the driver of the Renault vehicle,” said Kropáč in court today. According to him, however, the driver did not respond to the car. As possible reasons, the expert cited gross inattention when watching the traffic ahead or microsleeps.
Wróbel often traveled to the Czech Republic. He claimed that he always obeyed the traffic rules and did not pay any fine in the country. At the time of the accident, he was traveling from Germany to Slovakia. He admitted that he had already left Germany the day before the accident, while it was still daylight. He also stated that he had breaks at the German-Czech border and at two non-functional gas stations.