Driver jailed over Birmingham hit-and-run
A hit-and-run driver who knocked down and killed a pedestrian in Birmingham has been jailed after we brought him back to the UK to face justice.
Mateusz Tarczynski struck the 65-year-old victim Romeshwar Singh Mangat as he crossed Piers Road after attending prayers at his nearby Handsworth temple in October 2017.
Mr Mangat was left motionless on the floor near the Soho Road junction with serious head injuries and died in hospital just over a month later.
The driver turned the car around and drove off, prompting us to launch an appeal for information to trace whoever was behind the wheel.
We subsequently identified and arrested Tarczynski, who was living in Birmingham, soon after but he denied involvement in the collision in two separate interviews.
Enquiries by our serious collision investigation unit found the 31-year-old carried out internet searches around the punishment for knocking down a pedestrian and fleeing the scene of an accident.
When asked about this he intimated the searches could have been made by his four-year-old daughter.
Officers built up a strong enough case for Tarczynski to be charged but he failed to attend court in 2018.
Working with European police he was traced to Poland and brought back to the UK last year to face a charge of causing death by dangerous driving.
Tarczynski initially denied the offence but changed his plea on the day of trial. He was jailed for three years and seven months at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday (24 February).
Sergeant Mat Leeming, who led the investigation, said: "This was a tragic case where a man sadly lost his life through no fault of his own.
"Although Tarczynski wasn’t speeding, the force of the collision was enough to knock Mr Mangat to the ground and suffer serious head injuries.
"Tarczynski took no responsibility for his actions until the very end, continually denying his involvement and even left the country.
"However, we were able to trace him and bring him back before the court - where he now faces time behind bars."