On Wednesday, the municipal court in Prague decided on the punishment for the driver who caused the accident in which a policeman died two years ago. According to the indictment, she crashed into a police car at high speed, and was also under the influence of alcohol and drugs. She received 13 years in prison. The judgment is not final.
The tragedy happened on the evening of July 5, 2020, on the exit of the Brno highway. According to the indictment, the woman was driving at a very high speed from the left lane to the middle lane, while she crashed into a police service car in which three people were sitting.
The policeman lost control of the car and crashed into the barriers. In the section where the speed limit is 80 kilometers per hour, she was said to be going up to 150. A 32-year-old police officer from the Moravian-Silesian region, who was on rescue duty in Prague, died in the accident.
Two passengers from the police car suffered serious injuries. Nothing happened to the woman. The investigators found out that the driver had crashed into parked cars in Prague 2 a while before and had run away since the accident. According to the police, she inhaled over two per thousand and was also under the influence of drugs.
Even the president of the police condemned her actions at the time. The public prosecutor charged the woman with three crimes, manslaughter due to negligence, grievous bodily harm due to negligence and endangerment under the influence of an addictive substance.
In addition to a 13-year prison sentence, the court imposed a 10-year driving ban on the 42-year-old driver. The prosecutor proposed more than eight years in prison and an eight-year driving ban for the crime of public endangerment.