The expert believes that driver of Volkswagen Touareg, Hennadii Dronov crossed the stop line and started moving when the traffic light went yellow. It went green when the suspect had already moved out into the intersection. Lexus driver Olena Zaitseva also did not slow down her vehicle and ran a red light. However, the expert said that it was impossible to establish the speed of both vehicles based on the available footage.
"It was no longer possible to stop the Lexus when Dronov got the right of way. Therefore, it was impossible to avert the collision. Both drivers violated traffic regulations by running red and yellow lights," Olkhov said.
Earlier, the prosecutor's office of the Kharkiv region approved the indictment to 20-year-old local Olena Zaitseva for violation of traffic rules that led to the death of five people (part 3 article 286 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine). On Nov. 6, the law enforcers also brought charges against the second participant of the road traffic accident, Volkswagen Touareg driver Hennadii Dronov.
Oct. 18, 2017, a Lexus crashed into a pedestrian crowd in Kharkiv, killing five on spot and wounding six people. The driver, a 20-year-old woman, was detained and arrested by the court for two months.