A Newport man has today been jailed for causing the death of a cyclist by dangerous driving.
Dominik Jablonicky, aged 27, was sentenced to six years imprisonment at Newport Crown Court on Monday 15 November for causing the death of Matthew Brimble, aged 37, by dangerous driving.
He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.
Officers attended a collision between a cyclist and an Audi A3 in Caerleon Road, Newport, on 31 March at around 2am.
The cyclist, Mr Brimble, from Newport was taken to hospital where he later died.
At today’s sentencing hearing, the defendant was also disqualified from driving for nine years.
The mother of Mr Brimble has released this statement following today’s hearing:
“With the loss of my son Matthew, it has absolutely physically and mentally exhausted me to the extent I suffer with insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks – no mother should outlive their child.
“I have lost both my children and I cannot bear the thought of a future without them - I feel empty, hopeless and helpless, it is so overwhelming.
“Matthew was loved and will forever be missed by family and friends. Everyone loved his cheeky smile and sense of humour.
“I constantly wonder that if the driver had stopped and called the emergency services, that my son may have survived.
“No prison sentence will ever bring my son back and I am heartbroken, I will never be called ‘Mum’ again.”
PC Spencer Clease, from the serious collision investigation unit, said:
“Our thoughts are with the family of Matthew Brimble and I hope the sentence imposed by the court today provides some closure for them.
“The dangerous driving the defendant displayed on that morning in March 2021 was truly shocking. Jablonicky was driving at high speeds on a 30mph road when he collided with Mr Brimble’s bike.
“He then showed no concern for Mr Brimble as he fled the scene without stopping to help. Jablonicky will have to spend the rest of his life with the knowledge that his driving has resulted in the death of Mr Brimble.
“At Gwent Police, we’re committed to making our roads safer and we will take action against anyone who puts the lives of others at risk by dangerous driving. This tragic case highlights the dreadful consequences dangerous driving can have and should serve as a warning to all road users of the lifelong impact your actions can have on families.”