A driver who was arrested following a New Year’s Day fatal crash has not been charged, with reports suggesting speed and possibly alcohol have not been ruled out as factors in the death of a young female passenger.
Police said they would not press charges against a 47-year-old male who was arrested Saturday morning hours after fleeing the scene of an accident in rural Larnaca near a UN memorial in Koshi.
It later emerged that he drove away in a vehicle provided by his wife, who had switched places with him, but police declined to provide further details.
It later emerged that he drove away in a vehicle provided by his wife, who had switched places with him, but police declined to provide further details
The former suspect was driving his pickup truck in rural Larnaca just one hour after ringing in the New Year, when another vehicle under circumstances still pending investigation veered off the road, then came back into oncoming traffic, and collided with the man’s vehicle.
A Young woman from Oroklini, 20-year-old Gabriella Savva, was the front seat passenger in the out-of-control car which was driven by a 24-year-old male, moving southbound along a rural road from Lymbia to Larnaca after New Year celebrations.
Savva died at the scene after both she and her driver were ejected violently from the vehicle. A post mortem revealed she died after being subjected to multiple trauma as a result of collision impact.
Doctors said the 24-year-old driver had broken several bones, with his condition described as serious but out of any immediate danger.
Officials on Monday morning confirmed that Savva and her driver were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. It was also suggested that speed and alcohol were related factors in the fatal crash.
Police said the 47-year-old driver who was released from custody on Sunday had been detained for questioning after fleeing the accident, adding that both drivers had been tested for substances.
No other arrests were made as of Monday morning.