Second driver of Kharkiv deadly car crash arrested for 42 days

Source : 112 Ukraine

Gennady Dronov pleads not guilty
23:46, 8 November 2017

Court arrested Gennady Dronov, the driver of the Volkswagen Touareg – the second car involved in the deadly car accident in Kharkiv on October 18. Dronov is arrested for 42 days without the right to bail. The 112 Ukraine TV channel correspondent reported that on air.

"The court hearing has just finished. The judge sustained prosecutor’s motion in all parts, choosing maximum pre-trial restrictions - custodial detention for 42 days without the possibility to bail. The hearing lasted for 10 hours, with 4 hours spent in the jury room. The prosecutor based his position on the prior statement that Dronov may influence the witnesses, namely on his acquaintance who was in his car at the moment of the car accident. Secondly, he may escape. Thirdly, he may drag the case as long as possible, referring to feeling unwell. Fourthly, it’s a high-profile case,” the correspondent reported.

Dronov pleads not guilty.

“Dronov states he hadn’t violated anything, he pulled into the crossing on the green light and was ready to cooperate with the investigation. After the court hearing Dronov said that he believes the decision is unfair,” the reporter said.

Related: Deadly road accident in Kharkiv: death toll mounted to six

As we reported earlier a Lexus ran over a group of pedestrians in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, on Wednesday evening.  Alyona Zaitseva who drove the Lexus violated the road traffic, crashing into Volkswagen Touareg driven by Gennady Dronov which threw her car towards the pavement. Both drivers survived, but Lexus ran over a group of eleven people. 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 for bailment. The court revoked her driver’ license and arrested both cars that participated in the accident.

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

The version of the Zaitseva defense is that the driver of the Touareg is guilty as he moved on the yellow traffic light. The defense of Gennady 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. Gennady Dronov was served with charge papers on November 2.

Related: Deadly road accident in Kharkiv: new video published

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