MOSCOW (Arka)—A Russian prosecutor demands that Hrachya Harutyunyan, an Armenian truck driver, who was involved in a bus crash near Moscow last summer that left 18 people dead and 40 others injured, be sentenced to 7 years in prison, RIA Novosti reported.
During the trial Harutyunyan pleaded guilty to traffic violation that led to one of the biggest accidents in the Moscow region.
According to Russian news reports, on July 13, 2013 the gravel-loaded truck driven by Hrachya Harutiunian, an Armenian citizen working in Russia, collided with a packed commuter bus outside the Russian capital.
The investigation revealed that the accident resulted from poor maintenance of the truck resulting in a brake malfunction. Harutyunyan, according to investigators, was to know about it.
Harutiunian’s arrest caused controversy when he was made to appear in court wearing a women’s gown hours after his accident and arrest. Russian news anchors chided and sneered at the man, who was shown on TV crying in court. The Armenian media condemned the display as a deliberate affront to personal dignity and a display of Russian xenophobia and racism.
The prison term asked by the prosecutor is the longest term for people accused of road accidents killing more than two persons, if the perpetrator at the time of the accident was sober.