Australian Poker Pro Warwick Mirzikinian Charged Over Death of French Cyclist

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Australian Poker Pro Warwick Mirzikinian Charged Over Death of French Cyclist
19 Feb

Australian poker pro Warwick Mirzikinian has been charged over the death of a French cyclist in Sydney last year, the 49-year-old being issued with a court attendance notice for dangerous driving occasioning death and negligent driving occasion death, according to New South Wales police today.

24-year old Frenchman Julien Trameaux, a labourer and part-time food courier who friends say dreamed of opening a patisserie in Sydney, died after Mirzikinian’s car hit him as he cycled on New South Head Road at Double Bay on November 14 last year, reports at the time naming the poker pro as the driver of the car, although the fault has now been placed on Mirzikinian after he attended Rose Bay Police Station yesterday.

Mr Trameaux’s flatmates in Sydney had described him in glowing terms, an "optimistic and positive" young man who was “more than a friend - we were all a family and he was a brother. He was someone so determined," and’ lived his life in line with a quote by Apple founder Steve Jobs: "Stay hungry, stay foolish," Leo Villaume told the Wentworth Courier following the deadly crash.

Mr Trameaux worked six days a week as a labourer for Pimas Gale Construction, PGC site manager Matt Bell telling 9NEWS after the accident:

“He was a legend of a person.”

The Frenchman was also a cycle deliveryman for uberEATS at night and just two months previously had competed in his first Sydney Marathon along with friends to help raise funds for a school in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Poker player Mirzikinian, who will have to appear again in court on April 18th to answer the charges, has a long list of cashes in tournaments, running from the Aussie Millions in 2008 up to last month’s version of the annual festival. He has cashed for a total of $756,878 with his biggest single win of AUD$247,000 (US$ 197,385) in the 2017 Sydney Championships coming just three months before the death of Trameaux.

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