Thursday, April 27, 2017

Details over Sverdlovsk governor's car crash released

The Investigation Committee of the Sverdlovsk region released the results of its investigation into the December 1 car crash involving Governor Alexander Misharin.

Controversial data surrounding the circumstances of the accident led to a thorough investigation that found that the governor's driver was at fault for the accident, Itar-Tass reports.

"On December 1, 2011, Misharin's driver Dmitry Cherkasov, steering a Mercedes S500 in good working order, violated traffic rules at the 206th kilometer of the Yekaterinburg-Serov highway," the Investigative Committee said, according to Itar-Tass. "As a result, the governor's car collided head-on with a Volga-Siber driven by a 65-year-old man. The Volga-Siber driver died of his injuries, and the governor and his driver (the defendant) were seriously injured."

According to the investigation, Cherkasov was tailgating the Audi-A4 police escort while driving over 90 kilometers per hour, well over the posted speed limit for that stretch of the road. Cherkasov did not notice that the Audi police escort vehicle had slowed down and, in order to avoid a collision, Cherkasov swerved to the left, first striking the rear bumper of the police vehicle before colliding with the Volga-Siber.

The investigative report also ruled that the police escort had acted improperly. The Investigative Committee instructed the Interior Ministry to eliminate the conditions that contributed to the accident.