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9-month sentence for fatal crash

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DEMETRIS Andreou, 22, was sentenced to nine months in prison by the Paphos district court on Friday for dangerous driving which led to a young soldier’s death four years ago.

His driving licence was also revoked for 18 months.

The fatal crash occurred in Paphos on May 10, 2013, when Andreas Arestis, an 18-year-old national guardsman was killed when the car in which he was a passenger struck a mound and flipped over. The driver, Demetris Andreou, also 18 at the time, lost control of the vehicle on the Kalepia to Polemi road in the Paphos district, swerving left and right before hitting a mound and flipping over.

The two conscripts were taken to Paphos general hospital where Aresti, who was not wearing a seat-belt, was pronounced dead on arrival. The driver, who was wearing his seat-belt at the time was only slightly injured, but was kept in hospital for observation.

Paphos police spokesman Nicos Tsiappis said after the accident investigations showed that Aresti’s death was most likely due to the car’s high speed, but also that the 18-year-old was not wearing his seat belt.

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