By Bejay Browne
A 33-YEAR-OLD Russian tourist was killed when she was hit by a car as she attempted to cross a busy road in Kato Paphos on Saturday evening.
Paphos police spokesman said that investigations are being carried out as to the cause of the incident and a 37-year-old Cypriot driver has been arrested.
“We cannot say what was the cause of the accident as yet, we are investigating this now. But the driver was tested for his blood alcohol level and it was 17mg, which is below the limit of 22mg,” he said.
According to the police, the victim, Marina Kountrikova, was holidaying in Cyprus with a friend, and was attempting to cross the Tomb of the Kings road at 11.40pm on Saturday when she was hit by the vehicle.
Tsapis said that the police and ambulance services were called to the scene and the woman was rushed to Paphos general hospital, where doctors pronounced her dead on arrival.
The woman and her companion were staying at a nearby hotel.
The Tomb of the Kings road is undergoing a massive upgrading project, and is one of the town’s busiest roads. It is also one of the main tourist areas, home to a number of hotels, hotel apartments, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Tsapis said that the accident occurred at an area where work was almost finished and it seems unlikely that road works played a part in the tragic accident.
“The driver was heading along the road towards Paphos on a lane which has been completed. We are investigating all possibilities, but it is unlikely the road works were a factor.”
The dual carriageway, which will eventually form part of a ring road around the town, is an ambitious project which includes a central reservation, walkways, cycle paths and a series of roundabouts. The project will cost over €10m. Work has been held up by a raft of problems and should have been completed in April.
According to Project supervisor Panicos Panayiotou of the Paphos PWD contractors have been granted an extension to January 2016. However it looks more likely that the project will be completed by March or April.