Top Bulgarian Criminal Blamed for Fatal Sofia Car Crash

Society | March 2, 2011, Wednesday // 13:44|  views

Known Bulgarian criminal, Yosif Yosifov aka Yosko, has caused the hellish accident early Wednesday morning in the capital Sofia affluent Boyana suburb, killing two and sending three to the hospital with serious injuries.

The information was reported by the private TV channel bTV, citing own police sources. The official press release of the Interior Ministry only indicates the initials of the man causing the crash as Y.Y.

Two people died on the spot and three others sustained serious injuries during a head-on collision between a Mercedes SUV and a Kia van with Blagoevgrad tags.

According to the police, the armored SUV was driving with a speed of 200 km/h when it smashed into the van.

A little bit after 7 am, the SUV entered opposite traffic and, after failing to reinter its lane, hit head-on the van. Two men, 31 and 53, traveling in the Kia were killed on the spot; three others are listed in critical condition in the emergency Pirogov hospital in the Bulgarian capital.

Yosko is one of those three currently in the hospital. He has numerous head, chest, stomach injuries and a fracture on the left hip.

The other two men, 32 and 48, were passengers in the van.

The area of the accident remains sealed off by the police and traffic has been stopped over pending investigation and identification of the victims. The accident has caused changes in the routes of two public transportation buses on lines 63 and 64.

The driver of the SUV, Yosif Yosifov aka Yosko, 42, has a long rap sheet for a variety of crimes. He was one of the defendants in the high-profile kidnap case of a Croatian citizen from a night club in the western town of Slivnitsa. Yosifov was sentenced to two years behind bars, but later released on appeal.

Yosko's group is connected to some of Bulgaria's top high-profile murders for higher, including the one of notorious mafia boss Konstantin Dimitrov, aka Kosyo Samokovetsa.

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