Police: Taxi driver who hit Moscow pedestrians fell asleep - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Police: Taxi driver who hit Moscow pedestrians fell asleep

Posted: Updated:
MOSCOW -

The suspect in a taxi crash near Red Square that injured two Mexican World Cup fans and other pedestrians told interrogators that he fell asleep at the wheel, Moscow police said Sunday.

City police released a video Sunday of an interrogation session with a man identified as the Kyrgyz taxi driver, in which he says he briefly dozed off and accidentally hit the gas. It was unclear whether the man spoke under duress.

The man says he hadn’t slept in 20 hours and wasn’t drunk, and ran away after the accident because he was afraid that angry bystanders would kill him. He was later detained.

Videos circulating on Russian social media and some news websites after the incident showed the taxi veering onto the sidewalk Saturday and striking pedestrians. The accident took place on Ilinka Street, about 200 meters (650 feet) from Red Square and Moscow’s famous GUM shopping arcade, an area popular with tourists.

Viktoria Geranovich, who works nearby and filmed the fleeing driver on her phone, described her shock at the crash.

“I called the ambulance right away,” she said. “I was trembling. It is not a thing you see every day, when a taxi drives right into the crowd.”

Moscow police would not comment on whether the crash would affect security measures for the World Cup, which is being held in 11 Russian cities over the next month. Among the security concerns has been the possible use of vehicles as weapons.

A spokeswoman for FIFA told The Associated Press that the World Cup organizers regretted what happened, but referred security questions to Moscow authorities because the crash took place outside stadiums or fan venues. The spokeswoman, who was not authorized to be publicly named, said World Cup organizers were in regular contact with local authorities about security.

The Mexican Embassy told The Associated Press that the two injured female fans met with embassy representatives and were not hospitalized. The Mexican national soccer team plays against Germany on Sunday in Moscow.

Details on the other victims weren’t immediately released.

Global soccer fans in Moscow shared information about the crash but didn’t appear to let it dampen their enthusiasm.

“It is pretty horrible that something like that has happened,” said Mexican supporter Julio Domingues. But he added “there are crazy people everywhere.”

Fellow fan Fernando Ibarra said, “We hope our countrymen are OK! Big hug to the families too. Viva Mexico!”

(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabled

    New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabled

    Thursday, September 20 2018 9:14 AM EDT2018-09-20 13:14:31 GMT
    Three State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
    Three State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
  • Cold Case: The Missing Wedding Guest

    Cold Case: The Missing Wedding Guest

    Sunday, September 23 2018 11:39 PM EDT2018-09-24 03:39:50 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - It's been nearly two years since anyone has seen or heard from Paul Brazeau. He was last seen at his son's wedding. His brokenhearted family reached out to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner with a letter asking for his case to be featured in our Q6 Cold Case series. The day Paul vanished started out so wonderful. "It was a happy day," said Paul's aunt Georgine Glatt. 

    >>

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - It's been nearly two years since anyone has seen or heard from Paul Brazeau. He was last seen at his son's wedding. His brokenhearted family reached out to KHQ's Hayley Guenthner with a letter asking for his case to be featured in our Q6 Cold Case series. The day Paul vanished started out so wonderful. "It was a happy day," said Paul's aunt Georgine Glatt. 

    >>
  • Driver finds baby crawling across busy New Jersey road; child unharmed

    Driver finds baby crawling across busy New Jersey road; child unharmed

    Monday, September 24 2018 9:46 AM EDT2018-09-24 13:46:08 GMT
    PHOTO: Facebook/Cory Black CannonPHOTO: Facebook/Cory Black Cannon

    LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Authorities say a baby girl found crawling across a busy New Jersey street was unharmed after a neighbor and passing motorist came to her aid. The child was spotted around 5 p.m. Saturday in Lakewood, in southern New Jersey. The motorist, 41-year-old Cory Cannon of Eatontown, told the Asbury Park Press he saw the girl on Joe Parker Road and initially thought she was a toy. 

    >>

    LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Authorities say a baby girl found crawling across a busy New Jersey street was unharmed after a neighbor and passing motorist came to her aid. The child was spotted around 5 p.m. Saturday in Lakewood, in southern New Jersey. The motorist, 41-year-old Cory Cannon of Eatontown, told the Asbury Park Press he saw the girl on Joe Parker Road and initially thought she was a toy. 

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • DEVELOPING: SWAT situation near Rockford Bay

    DEVELOPING: SWAT situation near Rockford Bay

    Monday, September 24 2018 12:59 PM EDT2018-09-24 16:59:35 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Multiple agencies are on scene of a SWAT situation near Rockford Bay.  Details are very limited at this time, but the scene is located near Bellgrove Road and Highway 95. Law enforcement is asking citizens to avoid the area.  KHQ's Adam Mayer is on scene working on confirming additional details. Check back for updates. 

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Multiple agencies are on scene of a SWAT situation near Rockford Bay.  Details are very limited at this time, but the scene is located near Bellgrove Road and Highway 95. Law enforcement is asking citizens to avoid the area.  KHQ's Adam Mayer is on scene working on confirming additional details. Check back for updates. 

    >>
  • Celine Dion to end Las Vegas concert residency next year

    Celine Dion to end Las Vegas concert residency next year

    Monday, September 24 2018 12:07 PM EDT2018-09-24 16:07:46 GMT

    Celine Dion has announced she will end her Las Vegas residency next year.    The singer announced on social media Monday that she will leave Caesars Palace in June 2019.    Dion says the decision brings mixed emotions as the Colosseum venue has been a big part of her life for the past 20 years.    This will mark the end of her second long-running residency at Caesars Palace.    Dion has performed nearly 1,100 shows there since 2003. 

    >>

    Celine Dion has announced she will end her Las Vegas residency next year.    The singer announced on social media Monday that she will leave Caesars Palace in June 2019.    Dion says the decision brings mixed emotions as the Colosseum venue has been a big part of her life for the past 20 years.    This will mark the end of her second long-running residency at Caesars Palace.    Dion has performed nearly 1,100 shows there since 2003. 

    >>
  • Party City unveils "Ghosted" costume for Halloween

    Party City unveils "Ghosted" costume for Halloween

    Monday, September 24 2018 11:40 AM EDT2018-09-24 15:40:10 GMT
    Your worst dating nightmares can now be your Halloween costume.   Party City is currently selling a "Ghosted" costume for Halloween, referencing a term where a date suddenly begins ignoring your texts, never to reply again.  The costume has gone viral on Twitter this week, and is vaguely shaped like a ghost, with a price of $24.99. >>
    Your worst dating nightmares can now be your Halloween costume.   Party City is currently selling a "Ghosted" costume for Halloween, referencing a term where a date suddenly begins ignoring your texts, never to reply again.  The costume has gone viral on Twitter this week, and is vaguely shaped like a ghost, with a price of $24.99. >>