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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Prosecutors Open Case in Death of Gref's Aide

Prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into a five-car pileup in western Moscow last week in which an aide to acting Economic Development and Trade Minister German Gref was killed.

Igor Konkov, a Gref aide on the aviation industry, was riding in the passenger seat of a Lexus GS 300 sedan driven by Alexandra Pokhodina, 27, who swerved into oncoming traffic at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday on Kutuzovsky Prospekt, a police source said.

City Crime Statistics
 Sept. 11 – Sept. 17* 
Theft (total)812350
Apartment burglaries11012
Car theft17134
 For the Record 
Car accidents141
a) killed20
b) injured154
Public drunkenness3,367
Detained overnight307
Missing persons22
Bodies discovered60
*City police said statistics for Sept. 11 and 12 were missing due to technical problems.
Source: Moscow police

Pokhodina collided with four other cars, including a Lada, whose 22-year-old passenger died at the scene from his injuries, as did Konkov, the source said. Konkov was 43.

Prosecutors are investigating why Pokhodina swerved. Police who arrived at the scene did not find evidence indicating she had been drinking, although it is up to prosecutors to determine, based on a medical evaluation, whether she was driving while impaired, the source said.

Viktor Cherkashin, first deputy prosecutor of the Moscow's Western Administrative District, said Tuesday that a vehicular manslaughter case had been opened but that no one had been charged.

The crime is punishable by up to three years in prison.

Cherkashin declined to give further details, citing the ongoing investigation.

Witnesses told Rossia state television that Pokhodina climbed out of the car on her own after the accident, with blood coming from her ears, and sat down on the asphalt. A relative arrived in a Range Rover with government license plates to talk with police, the witnesses said.

One witness said the Lexus came sailing at his car head-on "out of total darkness." "It was a miracle I managed to swerve in time," the witness said.

Konkov's spokeswoman, Ksenia Osipova, said Tuesday that the Economic Trade and Development Ministry was not commenting on the accident.

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