Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Abdymok posts some background info on Kyiv's new mayor:

deputy in second fatal auto accident
november 6, 2003
kyiv post

parliament deputy leonid chernovetsky was behind the wheel of a mercedes that struck and killed a pedestrian late nov. 2, his press secretary has confirmed.

the man killed is the second pedestrian killed by a mercedes linked to the kyiv-area deputy and honorary president of pravex-bank on the same stretch of road in less than seven months.

the unian news service reported that the latest fatality occurred at about 11 p.m. on nov. 2 on stolychne shose, where another mercedes registered to pravex bank struck and killed 10-year-old maksym prokopchuk last april 15.

the driver of the car that killed prokopchuk abandoned the vehicle and fled the scene of the accident. no charges have been filed in the boy’s death.


kateryna shapoval, chernovetsky’s press secretary, told the post on nov. 4 that the deputy had not been arrested in the latest death, but confirmed that chernovytsky was driving the automobile when the accident occurred.

“chernovetsky called the police himself,” shapoval said.

she said that the mercedes involved in the latest accident was not the same vehicle that struck and killed prokopchuk.

in both deaths, chernovytsky’s representatives have attempted to place responsibility on the victims.

in prokopchuk’s death last april, pravex-bank spokeswoman tetyana salnikova said that the accident was not the driver’s fault.

“[it] was an accident caused by the carelessness of the victim,” she said.

prokopchuk, a fifth grade student, was killed within 100 meters of kyiv school no. 151 in a clearly marked pedestrian crossing at about 9:20 p.m. a traffic signal at the crossing was not working at the time, however. [...]

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