The defendant was unanimously found guilty of dangerous driving resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving without a license.
The court dismissed the defense’s claim to reduce the charge to involuntary manslaughter. No mitigating factors were recognized, and the appeal was decided not to have a suspended effect on the sentence execution.
During her statement, the prosecutor expressed the belief that the defendant was driving above the legal speed limit, as otherwise – as she stated – he would not have propelled the pedestrian into the air. “He was not driving at 104 km/h (as estimated by the expert) or at 55 km/h (according to the technical advisor). The truth lies somewhere in between. The speed was significant in causing these injuries,” she noted.