3 Injured as Jeep Rams Sofia Mall Parking Lot - Report
At least three people have been injured after a jeep rammed into the parking lot of a mall on a busy boulevard in downtown Sofia.
The accident occurred in front of "The Mall" shopping center on Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd shortly after 5 pm.
According to unconfirmed media reports, the man behind the wheel of the jeep was a Russian citizen.
A boy and a girl have been taken to the district hospital, while a man of an apparent age of over 40 year was rushed to the emergency hospital "Pirogov".
No further details about their condition were immediately available.
Police has sealed off the area.
An investigation into the case has been launched.
The area around the popular shopping center has gained tragic reputation after a deadly taxi cab crash at the bus stop in front of "The Mall" earlier this year.
The serious traffic accident occurred around 8:20 pm on Wednesday, July 10, at the bus stop in front of the "The Mall" shopping center on Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd.
A taxi cab heading for the city center suffered a flat tire, spun out of control, and rammed into a bus stop full of people, leaving 12 injured. The driver had been speeding and was under the influence of alcohol.
A woman aged 25 died in hospital after the horrific crash. She was taken to the St Anna hospital with a cervical fracture and doctors were unable to save her.
A child and its mother, as well as two other people were rushed to hospitals in serious condition.
It also emerged that the taxi cab driver who caused the crash had seven citations for traffic violations.
The six-year-old girl died thirteen days later.
The mother, who was also injured in the crash, has been stabilized, but has a broken pelvis, one of the most serious conditions a victim of a vehicle accident can endure, as well as traumas of the internal organs.
In 1998, the driver, Mihail Kurtev, had been caught and convicted for driving under the influence of alcohol. He has been penalized by a fine and a temporary revocation of his driver's license.
Other violations include expired documents and parking violations.
All sanctions against Kurtev have expired due to prescription and by 2011 – 2012 he has been an impeccable driver without any new penalties and all fines paid and punishments served.
The results from the blood test confirmed suspicions of DUI and the finding of the Breathalyzer administered on the fatal evening.
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Not surprised, its a ridiculous piece of road design coming from Tsarigradsko schosse with no clear indication of whether the feeding late has the right of way. There used to be road markings but they wore out - how come road markings last only a few weeks in this country?