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Five killed in Kharkiv road accident

A Lexus driven by a 20-year-old woman hit pedestrians on the city's main street.

Five killed in Kharkiv road accident
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Late on 18 October, a Lexus driven by a 20-year-old woman crashed into pedestrians on the sidewalk of the city's thoroughfare, Sumska St., killing five and injuring eleven, local media reported.

The Lexus ran a red light and hit a Volkswagen Touareg, driven by a 49-year-old man. After the impact, the Lexus crashed into a lamp post, rolled over and skidded to the sidewalk.

The driver of the Lexus was detained. The incident is being investigated under Article 286 Part 3 (violation of traffic rules, which resulted in the death of several people) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The Kharkiv news website NewsRoom said the Lexus driver was a student of Kharkiv University, Olena Zaytseva, 20. Several sources confirmed this.

MP Anton Herashchenko, an adviser to the interior minister, said the car was registered with the girl's father.

Zaytseva is an adopted daughter of Kharkiv businessman Vasyl Zaytsev, CEO of Group Typhoon and Ukrenergochermet, energy technology companies.

Patrol police said that Zaytseva, who was examined on the spot, was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

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