Czech 27-year-old jailed for seven months after murdering a businessman on a motorcycle by treading his path without checking his mirrors and then fleeing the country in a stolen £ 8,000 car
- 27-year-old Zdenek Pulko couldn’t see his mirrors when he entered Ian Stewart
- Collision occurred on Coldhill Lane, near Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire
- Pulko, who fled to the Czech Republic, tracked down and returned to the UK
A driver who killed a motorcyclist for not looking in his mirrors has been in prison for seven months.
27-year-old Zdenek Pulko, who didn’t look in his rear-view mirrors as he walked the path of 63-year-old Ian Stewart, fled to the Czech Republic in a £ 8,000 car he hadn’t paid for after the Sherburn-in fatality Elmet, North Yorkshire.
The Czech citizen was tracked down and extradited under a European arrest warrant to Manchester Airport, where he was arrested, York Crown Court heard.
Police investigators concluded that the motorcyclist, Mr. Stewart, a grandfather and father of two from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, was said to have sat a mile in Pulko’s rearview mirror before the crash.
Zdenek Pulko (pictured), 27, was unable to see in his rear-view mirrors as he drove down Ian Stewart’s path, 63, October 2018
The collision occurred on October 18, 2018 at around 1:45 PM on Coldhill Lane, on the outskirts of Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire.
Mr Stewart, an experienced motorcyclist, died on the night of 19 October 2018 in Leeds General Infirmary when his life support machine was shut down.
Pulko had driven a beige Skoda Octavia towards Sherburn when he collided with Mr Stewart driving the same direction on a blue and white BMW motorcycle.
His widow Fiona said to the court, “I will never forget the driver because he took my husband from me.”
The couple, who had been married for 32 years and ran a business together, had returned from a safari in Africa 12 days before Mr. Stewart’s death.
Pulko, who did not have a permanent address, pleaded guilty to death from careless driving and the theft of a car he bought on credit on November 8. He did not pay installments.
He was sentenced to seven months in prison and was banned from driving for 15 months.
Defending Glenn Parsons, Pulko’s concentration had only temporarily fallen.
He had left the UK because his grandmother was ill and because he had lost his job in the UK.
He planned to return when extradited and regretted the death of Mr. Stewart.
The fatal collision occurred on Coldhill Lane, on the outskirts of Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, on October 18, 2018. Shown: General view of Coldhill Lane approaching Sherburn-in-Elmet
Prosecutor James Bourne-Arton said Mr Stewart was a very experienced motorcyclist and had ridden correctly.
He was on his way to meet a friend at Squires Cafe near Sherburn-in-Elmet.
He had indicated to overtake in a safe place and was overtaking when Pulko left at a speed of 50 miles per hour.
Pulko told the police that he was avoiding a hole, but the police said there was no way.
The two vehicles crashed into the opposite lane, and the motor slid across the far roadside and against a tree.