Warwick Mirzikinian, a notable Australian poker player, recently apologized for hitting and killing a cyclist three years ago. Mirzikinian hit Julien Trameaux, an Uber Eats cyclist, with his car in Sydney, Australia.
The Aussie is perhaps best known among the poker community for winning the 2017 Sydney Championships. He appeared in court this week while the case’s judge prepares for sentencing.
“There is nothing I can say or do to take back my actions on the day, even though I have prayed that it was possible,” Mirzikinian said in the courtroom.
“I am sorry. I can sincerely say that there has not been a single day that has passed over the last two-and-a-half years that I have not thought about Julien.”
What Happened During the Fatal Accident?
Mirzikinian was driving on a Sydney area road when he hit Trameaux with his car in November 2017. The poker champ passed a bus at the wrong moment and ending hitting Julien during the dangerous maneuver.
Trameaux died at the scene. Meanwhile, Mirzikinian was charged by prosecutors with death by dangerous driving. He pleaded guilty to the charges this week.
The poker player has done his best to rectify the situation. He offered to pay Trameaux’s funeral costs prior to returning to the Sydney courtroom.
What Kind of Punishment is Mirzikinian Facing?
Warwick Mirzikinian faces a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for his fatal driving maneuver. His barrister claims that anything close to this kind of time would be extreme.
Mark Tedeschi QC notes that a “combinations of factors” led to Trameaux’s death. He argues that his client’s driving was only part of the problem.
Tedeschi is partly referring to how the Uber Eats cyclist was wearing headphones before getting hit. Mirzikinian was going the speed limit when he hit Julien. He was also driving a Tesla, which makes very little sound compared to other types of cars.
The prosecution is set to recommend a sentence for Mirzikinian on July 10. Afterward, Judge O’Neil will make a final ruling.