Driver may get 5 years in jail for deadly Moscow car accident

The driver of a car that killed seven people by crashing into a bus stop in Moscow on Saturday faces a manslaughter charge and a possible prison term of up to five years, the city's chief police investigator said.

The chief investigator, Alexander Samoshkin, who was talking to journalists, confirmed reports that the driver was speeding. "It has been proved that his speed was more than 80 kilometers per hour," Samoshkin said.

An earlier unconfirmed report put the car's speed at the moment of the crash at about 200 kilometers per hour.

Samoshkin said the driver had lost control of his Toyota, rammed through a metal traffic barrier and crashed into the stop, knocking down 10 people. "Three of them were hospitalized and another seven died on the spot," Samoshkin said.

The driver survived the accident but was hospitalized and put under the surveillance of a policeman posted in his hospital.

The city's Health Department told Interfax the driver had multiple lacerated wounds, was suspected of having concussion, and smelled of alcohol.

It said there had been a passenger in the car and that he was also admitted to the hospital. So was a chance passerby, a 41-year-old woman who had a ligament rupture and leg injuries, the department said.

Four of those killed were said to be teenagers, but no official confirmation has been available.

"There were mainly children at the bus stop, they may have been retrning from school," an Emergency Situations Ministry source told Interfax.

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