The pretty teenage girl accused of killing two children on a zebra crossing and injuring a third has been remanded in custody for two months after a Russian court backtracked on an earlier decision to allow her to remain under house arrest following a public outcry.
The teen driver who reportedly ploughed into three children on a crossing, killing two of them, had apparently admitted that she had been on her mobile phone at the time and did not see the children, according to local media.
When it was revealed that she had not been remanded in custody, it caused online outrage that culminated with the court backtracking and ordering her into custody for two months.
The incident took place on Aviatorov Street in the western Russian city of Moscow on 16th July.
Teen motorist Valeria Bashkirova, aged 18, was driving her Mazda at between 40 and 50kph when she hit the children, according to local media.
Two children, aged five and three, died in hospital of their injuries while a nine-month-old baby in a stroller suffered a concussion and a closed brain injury.
The baby was discharged from hospital on 19th July.
The two young victims, both boys, were on a bike and a scooter when the Mazda ploughed into them on the crossing.
It has been confirmed that Bashkirova was not driving under the influence at the time.
After being arrested the day after the incident, Bashkirova was instructed to remain under house arrest for two months as the investigation continues.
Many Russian netizens were left angry that the teenager was not remanded in custody, and the authorities later changed their mind.
At a preliminary hearing on 19th July, Bashkirova was sent to a pre-trial detention centre instead.
If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.
The news site Life said the teen has been left devastated by the incident and barely eats, and is suffering nightmares.
Svetlana Filatova, expert of physiognomy, the practise of assessing a person’s character from their outer appearance, said that the defendant was crying, but kept her chin up when she realised she was being filmed in court.