Killer of 6 Bulgarian Teens Released from Hospital

Society | May 10, 2011, Tuesday // 14:10|  views

The car with which the drunk driver caused the tragedy. Photo by dariknews

The driver, who, on Easter Eve, killed 6 Bulgarian teens in a hellish car accident in the southeastern town of Simeonovgrad, has been released from the university hospital in the city of Plovdiv.

The news was reported by Darik radio Tuesday.

On April 23, Daniel Georgiev, 23, crashed his car into a group of young people, killing 6 teenagers and wounding 2. The tragedy shocked Bulgaria on Easter. The victims themselves were walking out of a home to go to church for the midnight Easter service.

Zhivko Zhelev, 19, who let his drunk friend Georgiev drive his vehicle, was detained for 24 hours and released by the police.

Georgiev also suffered severe injuries. He was in the intensive care unit at first, in a coma, and later underwent surgery on his broken leg. He is now stable and has been released for home treatment, doctors from the hospital told Darik radio, adding he continues to insist he did not remember a single thing from the night of the accident.

During his two-week stay at the Plovdiv hospital, the young man and his parents have declined giving any interviews and a security guard was placed round-the-clock in front of his hospital room's door.

The Regional Prosecutor's Office in the city of Haskovo has no official information on the whereabouts of Georgiev. He had not been indicted either, Darik further informs, citing the monitoring prosecutor in the case, Pavel Zhekov. Charges are most likely to be pressed after experts finish their technical and coroner reports. Georgiev must also undergo medical and psychological tests to find out if he is fit to stand trial.

The law gives a two-month deadline for such expert reports.

The Haskovo Prosecutor's Office are complaining about poor communication with the hospital because they have submitted to the latter a request for information as early as April 29, but are yet to receive a response.

Regarding speculations that meanwhile Georgiev might leave the country, Zhekov explained even if he is charged it would be for a reckless crime, not a premeditated one, meaning he would still keep his right to travel abroad.

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Tags: Simeonovgrad, car, crash, Easter, Danail, Georgiev, Plovdiv, University Hospital, haskovo, Prosecutor's Office


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