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 Lawyer says fatal car crash suspect Zaitseva suffers from brain disease

Doctors say Olena Zaitseva charged with causing fatal car crash in Kharkiv suffers from post-traumatic brain encephalopathy.

Lawyer of the suspect, Yevhen Melnychenko, told journalists on Thursday referring to the remand prison doctors, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.

"Zaitseva was examined by the remand prison doctors. She suffers from post-traumatic brain encephalopathy... Zaytseva’ blood pressure occasionally skyrockets and she needs to be examined by a neurologist. There is no such doctor in the pre-trial detention center," he stressed.

Zaitseva’s ability to take part in court hearings depends on her health condition, the lawyer added.

On the same day, Chief of the Health Department of the Kharkiv Regional State Administration, Bohdan Fedak, said Zaitseva had been examined on Oct. 22 by a panel of doctors who found no signs of the disease Zaitseva allegedly suffered from.

Earlier, in response to the request filed by the legal counsel of the car crash victims, Ukraine’s Health Ministry made a conclusion that Zaitseva was under influence of drugs or other intoxicating substances when the road traffic accident with her involvement took place.

As reported, 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.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3093467