Fatal car accident in Kharkiv: court questions Zaitseva, Dronov refuses to testify

Source : 112 Ukraine

The next court session will take place on March 21
18:16, 12 March 2018


The Kyiv District Court of Kharkiv questioned Olena Zaitseva, the partaker of the deadly car accident that took place in the downtown of Kharkiv on October 18 as the correspondent of 112 Ukraine reported.

‘Firstly, she apologized to the suffered and relatives of the perished once more and said that she is ready to pay the penalty, she pleads guilty and she will help the suffered in the future when she will be released. She does not remember almost anything from this accident and she was in shock but according to her, she saw the car of Dronov, signaled to him but did not brake for some reasons. Zaitseva also said that her speed was about 80 km/hour at the moment of the accident’, the correspondent said.

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Hennady Dronov, the second driver also apologized to the suffered but refused to testify until all witnesses are questioned.

The correspondent added that the next court session will take place on March 21.

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 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 for bailment. 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.

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.

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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.

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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