“Got scared.” Azov policeman, who fatally hit pedestrian and hid dead body, acquitted
Roman Lobanov is in a reman prison. He maintains that he did not notice the young man on the road.
Employee of Russia’s MIA Azovsky Roman Lobanov, who fatally hit 21-year-old Ruslan Popov on October 2, states that he he did not notice the young man on the side of the road, reports the media office of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
According to Lobanov’s statement, he was on his way from Azov to Rostov and suddenly felt a strike. He stopped the car and it was only then when he saw he had hit a guy. The victim, in his words, was unconscious. The policeman dragged him to the car and took to a hospital, but on the way there, he realized that the guy had died.
Then, in Lobanov’s words, he got scared and decided to leave the dead body in a wooded area near Zeleny village. The policeman named the place where he had left the dead body.
The regional Investigative Committee noted that this theory would be thoroughly checked. Forensic medical, mechanic and transport examination will be carried out.
Earlier, the media reported that the policeman was not alone in his car: there was a police Colonel on the passenger’s seat. He allegedly helped Lobanov to hide the dead body.
Chief Directorate of MIA carried out inner inspection into this fact. After that, the instigator of the road accident was fired from law enforcement. After the road accident, Lobanov went on a service trip, having not reported anyone about the incident. However, later a case into violation of road rules that results in death through negligence was initiated against him. The policeman will face from 5 up to 12 years behind bars.
Ruslan Popov was buried on Thursday, November 7, at a cemetery located in a village of Persianovka near Novocherkassk.