Mikhail Efremov has not pleaded guilty to committing an accident – lawyer

The lawyer of the Russian actor Mikhail Yefremov Elman Pashayev said that his client did not admit guilt in committing the accident, which killed the driver of the second car Sergey Zakharov. He said this in comments to the TV channel “Moscow 24”.

Pashayev says that Efremov “the crime never committed”. He refused to comment further, saying that “it is premature”.

56-year-old Efremov provoked a traffic accident in Central Moscow on the evening of 8 June: Smolenskaya square, he was behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee drove into the oncoming lane and collided with a van “Lada”. The driver of the van, Sergey Zakharov from his injuries later died in hospital.

Immediately after the accident in the Russian police said that, according to the examination, Efremov sat behind the wheel in an alcohol intoxication. 9 June, the Russian media reportedthat the actor tests found traces of cocaine and cannabinoids. 10 June in the Moscow Prosecutor’s office confirmed that at the time of the accident Efremov was able to not only alcohol, but drugs.

Against the actor opened a criminal case under article about violation of traffic rules, entailed death of the person. Ephraim threatens from five till 12 years of imprisonment.

On 9 June, the Tagansky district court of Moscow chose Yefremov the measure of restraint in the form of house arrest for two months. Russian media reported that during the meeting on election of a measure of restraint Efremov nodded in response to the question, whether he acknowledges guilt for an accident.

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