Actor Mikhail Efremov on August 11 may testify in court in the case of a fatal road accident. This was announced on August 7 by the Izvestia correspondent from the courtroom.
It is reported that the next court session will be held on August 11. Judge Elena Abramova asked Efremov to prepare for the interrogation. By this day, the lawyer of the injured party, Alexander Dobrovinsky, will declare the civilian compensation.
Earlier, the court refused to call an expert who conducted a psychiatric examination of the defendant. The corresponding proposal was put forward by Dobrovinsky due to the fact that Efremov compared himself with the hero of Robert Stevenson’s story “The Strange Story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”
Consideration of the case on the merits began on 5 August. During the first session, the prosecutor read out the indictment. After listening to him, Efremov did not admit his guilt, citing the fact that he did not remember the events of that evening. The traffic police officers questioned in court confirmed that at the time of the accident the artist was in a state of strong alcoholic intoxication. Efremov himself also does not remember whether he underwent a medical examination after an accident.
The accident occurred on Smolenskaya Square in the center of the capital on June 8. Efremov’s car drove into the oncoming lane and rammed a Lada van head-on. The driver of a domestic car, courier Sergei Zakharov, was seriously injured and died from his injuries the next morning at the Sklifosovsky Research Institute.
The examination showed the presence of alcohol and traces of drugs in the actor’s body at the time of the accident. On the fact of the incident, a criminal case was opened under Part 4 of Art. 264 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“Violation of the rules of the road and the operation of vehicles, committed by a person in a state of alcoholic intoxication, and resulting in the death of a person”).