Bulgaria's World Skating Champ Still Not Arrested for Causing Deadly Crash
One man was killed, a girl was taken to the hospital in a coma and two other youngsters were seriously injured in the accident.
Maxim Staviiski could not be reached for any comments on Monday because this was the advice of his lawyer.
A breath alcohol test minutes after the crash showed the world skating champion had 1.18 of blood alcohol, the blood test showed 1.10. The legal driving limit in Bulgaria is 0.50
Drivers in Bulgaria only face legal prosecution for drunk driving when the two alcohol tests showed more 1.20 permilles of blood alcohol or more. In this case Maxim is only likely to be banned from driving for a year and get a BGN 500 fine, as provided by the traffic law.
If Staviiski faces court, he might be easily acquitted as he has clean criminal past, did not run away from the accident and did not refuse to give blood samples for the alcohol test, lawyers commented on Tuesday for the Standart newspaper.
The drunk driving crash, between Staviiski's Hummer sport utility vehicle and two cars, occurred late Sunday on a bridge near the Black Sea city of Burgas.
Staviiski veered into the opposite lane and bumped headlong into a Honda Civic with four people riding in it.
The driver of the Honda died in a hospital, while his passenger - a woman - was hospitalised in a coma.
If found guilty, Maxim faces up to ten years behind bars.
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Here's something interesting I found this morning. I've been wondering for some time how Staviiski's name is properly spelled in cyrillic letters, but when I called up SNA this morning, found an article, and then clicked on "In Bulgarian", I found that I got a different page entirely, and no mention of this incident at all after searching all available pages.
I wonder why SNA is splashing this story all over the English edition and putting nothing on the Bulgarian one.