MURMANSK, December 29 (Itar-Tass) — A criminal case is opened over the traffic accident which killed Japanese bicycle traveler Haruhisa Watanabe. The accident occurred near the city of Kandalaksha in the Murmansk Region.
The case is opened on charges of traffic regulations violation that caused a death, the press service of the regional police department told Itar-Tass. The law prescribes up to five years' imprisonment for such a crime.
The accident occurred at the 1,128th km of the M-18 Kola federal road on December 26. At the wheel of the Subaru Impreza, which struck the Japanese cyclist, was Boris Rozhansky. An investigation into the case is underway, the press service said.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry's representative office in Murmansk, the Japanese citizen traveled by bicycle from China across former Soviet republics and Turkey to northern Russia. On December 14, he was in Petrozavodsk, from where he went to Murmansk.
Police said earlier that the Subaru, which ran in the direction from St. Petersburg to Murmansk, struck the cyclist who rode in the same direction. The 31-year-old Japanese citizen died on the spot. The 56-year-old driver was not drunk.