Drunk driver jailed for killing seven people

Moscow, May 23 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A drunk driver who crashed into a bus stop in Moscow, killing two adults and five teenagers, has been sentenced to eight and a half years in prison.

The car, driven by 29-year-old Alexander Maximov, crashed into the bus stop in September 2012 after Maximov exceeded the speed limit and lost control.

Five teenagers aged between 15 and 17 from an orphanage for disabled children, their teacher and her husband were killed in the crash.

Tests revealed that Maximov had a blood alcohol content of 0.278 percent (2.78 per-mil), an amount which causes very serious intoxication in most adults and is almost three-quarters of the medically accepted lethal dose for half of adult humans. Tests also revealed traces of marijuana in his blood.

The court partially upheld civil lawsuits filed by relatives of the two adult victims and fined Maximov a total of three million rubles (about $96,000).

The court ruled that a separate lawsuit for compensation of 50 million rubles ($1.6 million), filed by the orphanage, should be heard in a civil process.

The orphanage said it would appeal the verdict, seeking a nine-year prison term for Maximov in addition to financial compensation.

Maximov’s defence team also stated its intent to appeal, saying he should serve his sentence in a penal settlement, a low-security penitentiary in which inmates are allowed to walk free around the premises and leave with permission.

–IANS/RIA Novosti


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