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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Georgian Diplomat Turns Himself In

WASHINGTON -- A Georgian diplomat involved in a Washington car crash that killed a 16-year-old girl surrendered to police Thursday to face involuntary manslaughter charges.


Georgia had waived diplomatic immunity privileges for the diplomat, Georgy Makharadze. The case raised new outcries against diplomats who accumulate traffic citations or violate other laws with immunity in the United States.


Makharadze, 35, was taken in handcuffs by city traffic police and charged with one count of involuntary manslaughter and five counts of aggravated assault. Georgian officials may ask that Makharadze be imprisoned in Georgia. The manslaughter charge carries a maximum 30 year sentence upon conviction.


Makharadze appeared with his attorneys at the police station just before 10 a.m. local time. The attorneys left, without their client, several minutes later.


Police said Makharadze was speeding and had been drinking before the Jan.3 crash that killed Jovian Waltrick.