Cyprus Mail

Second driver involved in fatal hit-and-run (update 2)

Paphos police

A second driver was involved in the fatal hit-and-run of a 60-year-old woman who died on Sunday in Paphos, police confirmed on Wednesday.

They also said they are examining the vehicle of a 44-year-old man who is suspected to have fatally hit a pedestrian last weekend.

Paphos police spokesman Michalis Nicolaou confirmed earlier media reports that two separate drivers appear to have struck the woman, with the fatal crash seemingly having been that of the 44-year-old man.

The police official said that CCTV footage from the scene confirmed the series of events.

Another, currently unknown, driver hit the woman first. She was slightly injured but dazed as she remained on the road, at which point the second car struck her.

The second car was taken to the police station where it will undergo scientific examinations later on Wednesday, police said.

The man was remanded in custody for six days on Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run that resulted to the death of 60-year-old Androulla Papachristoforou on Sunday in Paphos.

Police have told the court the suspect denies involvement in the incident.

The investigator said that at the scene on Priamos Street, police had found a left front wheel arch liner that was the same type as the one on the vehicle suspected of being involved in the incident.

The car found outside his home in Mouttalos did not have an arch liner and was also missing the front bumper, police said.

The suspect had been carrying out repairs to the vehicle when it was found by police.

Meanwhile, a security camera had recorded the incident and authorities had a witness recognising the suspect as the driver of the car.

The suspect told officers that the car belonged to another man, but he had been driving it in the past 10 days because he planned on buying it.

However, he denied driving it on Sunday evening when the incident took place.

A car hit the woman who was on foot at around 9.15pm. Security footage showed the driver getting out briefly and then driving off, leaving the victim without help.

She was found and taken to hospital where she died at 11.30pm.

Her funeral will take place at 2.15pm on Wednesday at the Metamorphoseos tou Soteros church in Statos Ayios Fotios community. The family will not accept condolences due to the measures in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Donations were requested to be made in lieu of flowers and wreaths.




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