Deadly car accident in Kharkiv: Defendant Zaitseva pleads guilty, ready to be punished

Source : 112 Ukraine

Six people died in the car accident in Kharkiv
17:58, 19 February 2019


Olena Zaitseva, the defendant in the deadly car accident in Kharkiv, which resulted in the death of six people, has pleaded guilty and she is ready to be punished, as Interfax-Ukraine reported.

“I admit all points of the violation of the traffic rules with which I charged in the indictment. I feel guilty. Of course, I will never drive again, it is out of the question. I really sincerely repent; that is why I recognize all the lawsuits. I will try along with my family to pay them within my capacity,” Zaitseva noted, adding that she is ready to respond and be punished by the court.

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.  

Related: Car of suspect in deadly car accident in Kharkiv was driving at 106 km per hour, - investigation

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.

Related: Victim of 2017 Kharkiv road accident drops claim to suspect

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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