YEREVAN, August 4. / ARKA /. A Russian court in Moscow has sentenced Hrachya Harutyunyan, an Armenian truck driver, who was involved in a bus crash near Moscow last summer that left 18 people dead and 40 others injured, to 6 years and 9 months in prison, RIA Novosti reported.
During the trial Harutyunyan pleaded guilty to traffic violation that led to one of the biggest accidents in the Moscow region.
According to Russian news reports, on July 13, 2013 the gravel-loaded truck driven by Hrachya Harutiunian, an Armenian citizen working in Russia collided with a packed commuter bus outside the Russian capital.
The investigation revealed that the accident resulted from poor maintenance of the truck resulting in a brake malfunction. Harutyunyan, according to investigators, was to know about it.
The prison term is the longest for people accused of road accidents killing more than two persons, if the perpetrator at the time of the accident was sober. -0-