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Victim of 2017 Kharkiv road accident drops claim to suspect

The name of the person who withdrew the complaint against Olena Zaitseva is not disclosed
17:44, 8 November 2018

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One of the victims of the deadly car accident in the downtown of Kharkiv that took place in October 2017 dropped the claim to the accused Olena Zaitseva. UNN reported this citing Yevhen Melnychenko, one of her lawyers.

'One of the victims completely dropped the claim and civil actions in the part to Zaitseva. This information was included to the materials of the case,' he emphasized.

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The surname of the man who withdrew the complaint to Zaitseva is not specified; Melnychenko claimed that he should figure out whether the victim agrees to disclose his name.

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

Related: Victim of triple car accident dies in Kyiv hospital

Zaitseva was detained for two months without a right for a bail. The court revoked her driving 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 defence, the suspect took the sedatives.

Related: Video of large-scale car accident in Kyiv downtown revealed

The version of Zaitseva's defence is that the driver of the Touareg is guilty as he moved on the yellow traffic light. The defence team 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 could 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.

Related: Large-scale car accident in Kyiv, 17 cars damaged, one person injured

It was established that Zaitseva used substances that contained codeine.

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