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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Woman Shoved Into the Path of Oncoming Truck

City Crime Statistics
Oct. 17 -- Oct. 23*
Theft (total)685202
Apartment burglaries838
Car theft227
For the Record
Car accidents166
    a) killed21
    b) injured170
Public drunkenness3,102
    a) detained overnight797
Missing persons16
Bodies discovered58
*Police said statistics for Oct. 20 and 21, as well as in several categories for Oct. 19, were unavailable.
Source: Moscow police

A Moscow man turned himself in to authorities last week and admitted to shoving a woman during an argument over a fender bender, causing her to fall into the path of an oncoming truck.

The 36-year-old man, identified by police only as Alexei M., surrendered last Thursday, two days after he had pushed Lyudmila Balysheva into the roadway, where a MAZ truck struck and killed her, city police spokeswoman Yelena Perfilova said.

Alexei, who was driving a Hyundai Accent, bumped Balysheva's Daewoo Nexia at around 6 p.m. Tuesday on Volochayevskaya Ulitsa, near the Ploshchad Ilicha metro station in eastern Moscow, Perfilova said.

The drivers pulled their cars off to the side of the road and began arguing. Two female friends came to Balysheva's defense when the argument heated up. Alexei responded by punching one woman and shoving Balysheva, Perfilova said. Balysheva lost her balance and fell backwards into traffic, where she was run over by the truck, Perfilova said. She died on the spot.

Alexei drove away, but Balysheva's friends had memorized his license plate number and called traffic police for help, traffic police officer Alexander Sgibnev said.

"Thanks to the information from the witnesses, we were quickly able to identify the owner of the car and reach him by telephone," Sgibnev said. "After our conversation, the young man did the reasonable thing: He showed up at the Taganskaya district prosecutor's office to explain what had happened."

Prosecutors have charged Alexei with murder. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

Moskovsky Komsomolets reported Friday that the charge would likely be reduced to manslaughter, which carries a maximum sentence of two years. Alexei told prosecutors he had acted in self-defense, the newspaper reported.

The number of traffic accidents in Russia has grown by 8 percent per year over the past three years, fueled in part by a surge in the number of cars on the road.