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MOSCOW, March 13 (Itar-Tass) – Moscow's Dorogomilovsky court on March 19 will begin hearings of the criminal case against Alexander Maximov, accused of causing a road accident in which seven people were killed, representative of the injured parties Lyudmila Aivar told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.
"The court will hold the preliminary hearing on March 19, to set the date for substantive hearings and settle procedural issues," Aivar said.
On September 22, Maximov's car smashed into a group of people at a bus stop, killing five adolescents, winners of the Moscow creativity festival of handicapped children and their teacher with her husband.
Specialists said Maximov's blood samples had tested 2.78 promille and showed traces of narcotics. Police suspended his license for drunk driving in 2010.
According to experts, Maximov's car was in good order as of the moment of the accident. "The results of a test showed that the steering and braking gear was in order. No evidence of failure was detected," the police press service reported earlier.
An expert examination said Maximov had driven at more than 79 kilometers per hour. However, police were unable to precisely ascertain the speed of the car.