Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
This is the shocking moment when a teenage driver jumps a red light and ploughs into a group of schoolchildren on a pedestrian crossing, sending them flying.
The incident, which was caught on CCTV, took place in the town of Vyksa, Nizhny Novgorod Oblast, Russia on Wednesday, 11th May.
Four children aged eight to 16 were injured by the 18-year-old man behind the wheel of the Lada Priora and had to be taken to the Vyksa Central District Hospital.
The children were crossing the road on a green man at the time, whereas the speeding driver smashed into them after failing to stop at a red light.
The skid marks on the tarmac and the slight swerve of his car suggests the driver did slam on the brakes after noticing the children, but his brakes failed.
Local media suggested this may have been due to his high speed at the time or lack of an anti-lock braking system.
The Nizhny Novgorod Oblast Prosecutor’s Office is looking into the case and may choose to prosecute the driver if prosecutors believe he was, indeed, at fault.
The victims – two girls and a boy born in 2013 and a girl born in 2007 – were injured to different degrees. Three of the four were kept in hospital.
The driver’s name was not given in local reports.