Drunk driver rammed a bus stop-killed 5 orphans
A MOSCOW court has backed the arrest of a drunk driver who rammed a bus stop at high speed and killed seven people including five orphans from a children’s home, police said.
The city’s Tverskoi district court approved the detention of the driver, who tested positive for alcohol, Moscow police said in a statement. The driver was still in hospital being treated for injuries.
On Saturday the driver lost control of his car and smashed into the bus stop, instantly killing five teenagers aged 15 to 17 along with their teacher and her husband. A passerby and a car passenger were taken to hospital with injuries.
The youngsters and the two adults accompanying them had just attended a ceremony for prizes in a handicrafts competition for children with disabilities, where several of them had won awards.
The children were all “social orphans” whose living parents had legally given them up to be raised by the state, Moscow’s social care department said.
Police opened a criminal investigation into causing death by drink driving, and the driver, who is in hospital with injuries and is being kept under guard, faces a maximum sentence of nine years in jail.
According to the RAPSI legal news agency, the driver, named as Alexander Maximov, has been remanded in custody for two months, with an investigator arguing that he could otherwise flee or put pressure on witnesses.
The prosecutor told the court that “in this case there are no mitigating circumstances”, RAPSI reported.
The crash prompted the ruling United Russia party to say it would propose amendments on harsher punishments for drink driving, suggesting that the maximum punishment for causing deaths should be life in prison.
President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the RIA Novosti news agency that he supported the idea of harsher punishments.
“The recent events confirm the need to discuss this question and to take more rigorous measures,” he said.
On Monday Moscow police began a special operation to catch drink drivers that is due to last until October 1. – News