Relatives of actor Efremov car crash victim sue for nearly $40K in damages
MOSCOW, October 6 (RAPSI) – Family of Sergey Zakharov, who had been killed in a road traffic accident with Mikhail Efremov, demanded jointly 3 million rubles (about $40,000) in compensation for moral harm from the actor, their attorney Alexander Dobrovinsky told RAPSI on Tuesday.
During the trial Zakharov’s brother, widow and youngest son sought for 1-ruble compensation.
According to Dobrovinsky, the family lodged an objection to Efremov’s appeal with new demands against the actor.
Earlier, Efremov paid out compensation for moral harm in the amount of 800,000 rubles to the eldest son of Zakharov. Moreover, during the court proceedings he stated he had transferred another 200,000 rubles to the injured party.
On September 8, the actor received 8 years in penal colony for and was banned Efremov from driving for three years. The court returned him his broken Jeep. The court found that victim Sergey Zakharov was killed in the accident due to the defendant's driving behaviour.
When delivering sentence Judge Elena Abramova said Efremov needed no compulsory psychiatric care. The defendant accepted the danger of his actions and did not suffer serious mental diseases, the judge stated. However, the court considered his guilty plea during the pretrial investigation and his three minor children as mitigating circumstances.
On September 3, a prosecutor demanded an 11-year imprisonment for Efremov and driving ban for 3 years. That day, the court heard the parties’ arguments. Before the beginning Efremov made a plea of guilty. Earlier, he refused to admit his guilt and said he remembered nothing.
On the evening of June 8, Efremov driving his car crossed into the oncoming lane in central Moscow and collided with a delivery service vehicle. He was arrested on the scene. Alcohol and drugs were reportedly found in his blood. Victim Sergey Zakharov was taken to hospital where he died early in the morning of June 9.