The 50-year-old Russian driver involved in a violent collision which resulted in the death of 27-year-old Panayiotis Christoforou from Ypsonas was highly intoxicated and had also taken sleeping pills, philenews reported on Thursday citing the results of lab tests.
The Russian, who was remanded in custody for six days last Saturday, is expected to be referred directly to Limassol Criminal Court tomorrow to stand trial for manslaughter, it added.
The fatal accident occurred at around 1 am last Thursday near Moutayiaka on the Nicosia-Limassol highway when the car driven by the suspect rammed into the back of Christoforou’s car at great speed. The 27 year old father of a young child was killed instantly.
Philenews said that the results of blood tests showed 243 mg of alcohol in the Russian’s blood. The legal limit in blood is 50 milligrams of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood. The tests also detected sleeping pills in the Russian driver’s blood.
Tests on the victim showed no trace of alcohol or other substances, philenews added.
The 50-year-old had initially told police that he had no recollection of the accident, but after his arrest for manslaughter opted to exercise his right to remain silent revealing nothing concerning the events before the accident or any other relevant information.
He was arrested immediately after the accident but was hospitalised for his injuries. He was arrested again soon after his release from hospital on Friday for manslaughter.
A post-mortem examination carried out on the victim last week showed horrific injuries from the violent collision – including a severed thoracic aorta, fractures in the neck and spine and multiple ruptures of the lungs.