On the afternoon of Friday 21st June, a decorated Royal Marine veteran, from Bridgwater, was killed in what police believe was a deliberate hit-and-run.

Retired Sergeant Major Andrzej Szaruta, 63, had just driven past Stonehenge on his way to London on Friday, when he was mown down after getting out of his car.

Mr Szaruta, known to his friends as Andy, was driving with his wife and daughter on the A303 from Bridgend to see his son Christian, a racing driver.

Christian, had arranged a father-and-son race car experience day as a birthday present, which Andy never had an opportunity to enjoy.

Traffic for the summer solstice, was busy and at around 4.50pm near Amesbury, Mr Szaruta got out of his car and was hit and killed by a motorist who then fled the scene.

He was airlifted to hospital but died of his injuries in the early hours of Sunday morning.

In a moving tribute to the former commando his family said,

“Andy Szaruta, a loyal husband to wife Susan, and loving father to son Christian, 32 daughter Rachel, 28.

“Andy was a Sergeant Major in the Royal Marine Commandos for 22 years, gaining medals for serving in the Falklands War, two tours in Northern Ireland, and a NATO medal during the Bosnian war.

“Upon retiring from the Marines, Andy worked as a facilities and operations director, and lived with his wife and daughter in Bridgwater, Somerset.

“He greatly enjoyed spending time with his family, in particular supporting Christian in his racing career at racing circuits throughout the UK and Europe.

“Prior to the incident, Andy was travelling to London with his wife and daughter to visit Christian and his fiancée for the weekend. Christian had organised a surprise belated birthday day out, a father and son race car experience day, which sadly they did not get the opportunity to enjoy.”

Tarkan Agca, 23, from Watford, Herts, has been arrested and charged with murder. He appeared at Swindon Magistrates’ Court today where he was remanded in custody to appear at Bristol Crown Court next month.

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