Russian Report: Drunken U.S. Embassy Official Involved in Car Accident
MOSCOW (AP) _ An American diplomat was driving drunk early Monday when his car struck and seriously injured a 39-year-old woman, who also was drunk, and her two school- age daughters, Russian news media said.
A U.S. Embassy spokesman, John Ohta, confirmed that an embassy employee was involved in an accident. He declined to identify the employee or elaborate on the accident, which he said was being investigated.
The ITAR-Tass news agency said the driver was a 31-year-old attache who was in a ″non-sober condition.″
It was unclear whether Moscow police had filed charges against the driver or planned to do so. Under Russian law, it is illegal to drive after consuming any detectable amount of alcohol.
ITAR-Tass identified the victims as Tatyana Ivanovskaya and her two daughters. It said a police investigation showed that Mrs. Ivanovskaya was crossing the street in an improper place instead of using an underground passage, and ″was drunk when dragging her children under the car.″
Mrs. Ivanovskaya was treated at Moscow’s Sklifosovsky Hospital for skull and brain injuries, ITAR-Tass said. But a hospital spokeswoman told The Associated Press there was no Mrs. Ivanovskaya among the patients.
The children, one suffering a broken leg and another in a state of shock, were taken to a children’s hospital, ITAR-Tass said.
The report said the car driven by the attache struck the three pedestrians on Butyrsky Val, a busy street in northwestern Moscow.