Kharkiv deadly car accident: all victims ask 10 years in jail for main suspect

Source : 112 Ukraine

The people affected in the accident ask a lesser punishment for the second suspect relying on the court’s decision
12:32, 12 February 2019

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All victims of the deadly car accident, which took place in the downtown of Kharkiv in October 2017 and which led to the death of six people, have asked ten years of the imprisonment for main suspect and driver of Lexus car Olena Zaitseva, as Ukrinform reported.

“The prosecutors, accused Olena Zaitseva and Hennadiy Dronov, six victims and their representatives are present at the courtroom. All victims recognized the guilt of the accused during the debates. Concerning the punishment, the views differed. All of the victims asked 10 years of the imprisonment for Zaitseva and asked less for Dronov, relying on the court’s decision,” the court noted.

Larysa Matveeva, the representative of the affected people delivered a speech and stated that she found the guilt of Zaitseva and Dronov established and she is asking about the adequate punishment.

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The next session of the court will take place on February 12, at 14:00.

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 passing by 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 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.

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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.

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.

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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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