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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Crash Duo In Serious Condition

A woman, 38, and her daughter, 11, were in serious condition Tuesday at a city hospital after being struck by a car driven by a U. S. diplomat, according to an official of the Moscow State Automobile Inspectorate (GAI).


William Pennington was driving his Toyota on Butyrsky Val in Moscow on Sunday when the accident occurred, the official said. Previous reports said the accident happened Monday but the U. S. Embassy and GAI said Tuesday that it occurred early Sunday morning.


Pennington, 31, who is an attache in the embassy's political department, did not return telephone calls to his office Tuesday.


The woman, identified only as T. Ivanovskaya, suffered head injuries in the accident, while her daughter, Natalia, has a broken leg, the official said. A second daughter, Lena, 8, was also struck by Pennington's Toyota and is in shock, he said.


All three were crossing the street when the accident occurred, according to GAI.


Itar-Tass reported that Pennington was "drunken", and added that one of the pedestrians was "tipsy".


The GAI official said that as a diplomat, Pennington would have had the right to refuse to take a blood test for alcohol at the scene. Intoxication tests in Russia require the extraction of blood, a procedure many foreigners are reluctant to undergo for fear of unsanitary conditions.


A spokesman for the embassy on Tuesday declined to comment on the charge of drunkenness.