Eight injured after taxi runs into crowd in Moscow


A Kyrgyz taxi driver who drove his auto into pedestrians near the Kremlin told a Moscow court on Monday he had mistaken the accelerator for the brake pedal because he had not slept for two days before the accident.

Interfax reported that the taxi driver was operating on a drivers' license from Kyrgyzstan.

Police initially said eight people were injured, but later said seven had sought medical attention.

Sergei Sobyanin, the mayor of Moscow, said that he would be monitoring the incident personally and tweeted that the driver had simply "lost control of his car".

Police closed the street for about an hour before reopening it to traffic.

A witness at the scene told Reuters news agency that some of the people hit were wearing Mexico team colours.

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Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called the emergency services on her mobile phone. In the video, the taxi is seen stopping behind a auto when it suddenly turns right and hits a group of people that are walking on the sidewalk. There were shouts, moans. CCTV footage posted on social media showed the cab driving about ten meters (yards) along the crowded pavement before hitting a traffic sign and coming to a partial stop.

"Someone gave him a punch in the face".

After the incident, Chingiz's wife spent the night at a police station, said Ulan Koshmatov, a member of the family based in Moscow. Further reports confirm the driver had not been drinking before the incident.

Among the victims are two women from Mexico, two Russians and two citizens of Azerbaijan.

The driver was named as Analbek uulu, 28. There was nothing on the page to suggest any links to, or sympathies with, Islamist militant groups. Authorities did not give any details on if the man was stopped by the people or if he was detained by them.