Deadly car accident in Kharkiv: verdict delivered

Source : 112 Ukraine

Zaitseva and Dronov are both sentenced to 10 years in prison
16:40, 26 February 2019

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Olena Zaitseva and Hennadiy Dronov both found guilty of the deadly car accident in Kharkiv, which resulted in the death of six people. The Kyiv District Court of Kharkiv delivered a verdict in the case – 10 years in prison for every defendant, UA: Харків reports.

The verdict also claims the ban to drive within three years.

The appeal against the court decision may be filed within 30 days.

A week earlier, Olena Zaitseva pleaded guilty and she is ready to be punished.

An hour before the sentence was announced (the court was reading the text for two hours in a row), Olena Zaitseva gat worse and she was brought out of the court room. She hasn’t come back to here the verdict.

The 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent reported that the atmosphere in the courtroom was very tense. The relatives of those deceased and survivors were present.

The lawyers of Hennadiy Dronov claimed that they shall appeal against today's court decision as he doesn’t plead guilty.

On October 18, 2017, Lexus ran over a group of pedestrians in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine. Olena Zaitseva who drove the car violated the road traffic, crashing into the Volkswagen Touareg driven by Hennadiy Dronov which threw her car towards the pavement. Both drivers survived, but Lexus ran over eleven people who passed by. Five pedestrians received lethal injuries; another six were taken to a hospital with injuries of various degrees of severity.  

Zaitseva was detained for two months without a right to bail. The court revoked her driver license and arrested both cars that participated in the accident.

The prosecution stated that Zaitseva used opiates not long before the tragedy occurred. According to the information from the defense, the suspect took the sedatives.

The version of Zaitseva's defense is that the driver of the Touareg is guilty as he moved on the yellow traffic light. The defense of Hennadiy Dronov denies the accusation and claims that the driver of the Touareg moved on the green traffic light.

Dronov was the witness in this case but the police claimed that his status can change. Later, the court refused to recognize Dronov sustained. Hennadiy Dronov was served with charge papers on November 2. The Court arrested Hennadiy Dronov for 42 days without the right to bail on November 8.

It was established on December 6 that Zaitseva used substances containing codeine.

On February 7, the court prolonged the arrest of two suspects in the car crash that killed six people - Olena Zaitseva and Hennadiy Dronov for two months without a right for bail.

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