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Arrest of perpetrators of deadly car accident in Kharkiv extended for two months

The arrest was prolonged until November 16
13:49, 19 September 2018

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Kyiv District Court of Kharkiv has extended the arrest of Olena Zaitseva and Hennady Dronov, the defendants in the case of the deadly car accident in Kharkiv for 60 days until November 16 as Hromadske reported.

"The lawyer of Dronov asked the court to change the restrictive measure of his client for the house arrest with the bearing of an ankle bracelet due to the unreasonableness of the risks. Dronov also asked about the changing of the restrictive measure to have a possibility of seeing his 81-year-old mother," the message said.

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It is noted that the lawyers of Zaitseva also asked about the house arrest so she will be able to receive the treatment.

As we reported earlier Lexus ran over a group of pedestrians in Kharkiv, northeastern Ukraine, on Wednesday evening. Alyona Zaitseva who drove the car violated the road traffic, crashing into the Volkswagen Touareg driven by Gennady Dronov which 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.  

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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 of the defense, the suspect took the sedatives.

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The version of 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. The Court arrested Gennady Dronov for 42 days without the right to bail on November 8.

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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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