Russian Investigators Probe Road Accidents Involving Police

MOSCOW, January 6 (RIA Novosti) – Russian investigators were looking into a series of road accidents – including fatal ones – involving police officers Monday.

A female police inspector ran over and killed a woman waiting at a bus stop in Russia’s central Nizhny Novgorod Region on Sunday, Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement Monday.

The 28-year-old police inspector lost control of the Honda vehicle she was driving in the city of Dzerzhinsk early Sunday morning and plowed into a bus stop, hitting a 50-year-old woman who was standing there, the statement said. The pedestrian died at the scene.

The policewoman, who local investigators said was not on duty at the time of the accident, was released after questioning and is under oath not to leave the area while the investigation continues, the Investigative Committee said.

Later on Sunday, a senior traffic police inspector in Siberia’s Krasnoyarsk Region overturned his car, killing his wife, investigators said in a separate statement. The driver was taken to a hospital and an investigation into the accident is underway.

On Monday, the driver of an outsourced police vehicle ran over a woman who was crossing the road in southeast Moscow, a police spokesman said.

The driver was on his way to investigate a call, and the woman was not crossing the road in a designated area, the spokesman said. The police officers in the vehicle performed first aid on the woman and called an ambulance. She was diagnosed with contusions, he said.

Traffic police are investigating that incident.

About 35,000 people are killed every year in accidents on Russia’s roads, according to international rankings.


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