NICOSIA -- A 22-year-old man has been sentenced to six months in prison for causing a death through dangerous driving.
The Nicosia District Court on Wednesday said the defendant’s irresponsible actions without a doubt caused the 2010 auto accident that led to the death of his 19-year-old female passenger.
On February 15, 2010 the defendant drove to a kiosk with two female passengers sitting in the front and back seat of his car. The trial heard the defendant was driving at speeds of over 100km on a rural road with a speed limit of 50km.
His passengers asked him to slow down on two occasions before the defendant – then 19 – lost control of the vehicle which overturned on the side of the road. The driver and backseat passenger escaped the crash with minor injuries. The woman in the front suffered serious head injuries and remained in intensive care until she died two months later.
The court heard that since the accident the defendant has suffered from depression and was also the target of a 2011 murder attempt at the hands of the victim’s grandfather. The defendant escaped with injuries and is currently under the supervision of psychiatrist abroad.