Moscow hit-and-run driver downs 16 people in fight against bureaucracy

Moscow hit-and-run driver downs 16 people in fight against bureaucracy

6 Mar, 03:54 PM

The driver who hit 16 pedestrians, including a US national, near Russia’s largest university has announced he did it on purpose, news agencies said Wednesday. Boris Biba, 45, said he deliberately targeted students because they were potential bureaucrats.

“Biba explains what he did by annoyance over the lawless actions of bureaucrats,” an unnamed source in the law enforcement agencies quoted by Interfax said.

“He says he wanted to run over university students, because they grow up to become bureaucrats,” the source added.

On February 24 Biba ignored a red traffic light and directed the car he was driving onto the pavement, where he hit 16 pedestrians. Most of the injured were students of the nearby Moscow State University, Russia’s largest and most respected university, heading for classes. Also among the victims was an American national, a 56-year old visiting professor from Columbia University.

Eight of the injured were taken to hospital, five received medical aid on the spot and three declined hospitalization, agencies said. No deaths were reported.

After hitting the group of people, Biba crashed the car into a wall and ran away, leaving behind the Chevrolet that he had stolen from a taxi driver earlier that day. He was detained by the police a few days later and admitted attacking people and hijacking the car.

He said straight away that he acted “in social protest”, without specifying what he was protesting against. He is currently in detention, being tested for drugs and mental illnesses.

Tags: accidents, weird, crime, cars

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