Magistrate, prosecutor disagree over handling of driver in deadly crash

The magistrate and the prosecutor handling the case of a deadly crash in central Athens last week that resulted in the death of three people disagreed on Monday over whether the driver who caused the accident should be placed in custody or not, Naftemboriki daily has reported.

According to the report, the 27-year-old Albanian driver of the Smart car that veered out of control and slammed into a group of pedestrians on Petrou Ralli Street last Wednesday was deposed at Tzaneio Hospital in Piraeus, where he is undergoing treatment for injuries sustained during the incident.

Two people were killed on impact while a third died in hospital the following day.

The magistrate is allegedly pushing for remanding the 27-year-old, who faces charges including multiple counts of negligent homicide, in pretrial custody. The prosecutor handling the case, however, is reportedly arguing that he should be granted release on the condition that he does not leave the country and reports regularly to his local police station.

A council of judges is due to convene to arrive at a final decision, Naftemboriki said.

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