Olympic champ convicted for fatal car crash

WARSAW: A Polish court on Thursday convicted Olympic champion Polish swimmer Otylia Jedrzejczak, 23, of unintentionally causing a car crash which ended in the tragic death of her younger brother, Polish media reported. 

The regional court in Plonsk, northwest of the Polish capital Warsaw, suspended Jedrzejczak's driving licence for a year and sentenced her to nine months or 270 hours of community labour. 

The verdict is subject to appeal. Jedrzejczak who is currently at a training camp in Brisbane, Australia, was not available for comment. 

The trial into the tragic October 2005 crash opened last month. Jedrzejczak pleaded not guilty to causing the fatal traffic accident. 

The tragic car crash occurred Oct 1, 2005 when Jedrzejczak was driving to Warsaw with her 19-year-old younger brother Szymon as her passenger. 

Her vehicle crashed into a tree and rolled-over several times after an attempt to pass several cars and avoid a head-on collision with an oncoming vehicle. Jedrzejczak won Olympic gold in the butterfly at the 2004 Athens Olympics. – dpa 

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