Friday, August 20, 2004

While visiting with a friend from Stepanagert yesterday, I learned some details from the fatal car accident I wrote about a couple of days ago.

It seems that not only was the pedestrian drunk, but Masis, the 22 year old driver for the Minister of Social Security was drunk.

According to the police, the car skidded for 30 meters before it came to a stop, which is an indication that it was traveling at 130 kilometers an hour, this in a 50 kilometer an hour pedestrian zone.

The victim, a man in his 30’s or 40’s, lost his wife to cancer 3 years ago and had two daughters, ages 15 and 16.

Though fatal car accidents of this kind don’t happen often here, drinking and driving is a very serious problem and being that one can pay a bribe if stopped while doing so, only adds to the problem and explains why it’s so common.

May the victim rest in peace, his orphaned daughters recover from loosing their father and may the law this time work as it should to punish the driver appropriately.

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