A 25-year-old Briton has been remanded for six days following a hit and run accident in Ayia Napa in which a 46-year-old woman died as her young daughter played at the nearby hotel where they were staying, police said on Thursday.
Police said the man driving a beach buggy that allegedly hit the woman on a pedestrian crossing, was more than four times over the legal alcohol limit and had also tested positive for cannabis after his arrest around five hours after the accident.
They named the victim as a Swedish tourist, Camilla Christina Pamdahl, Reports said she was on holiday with her six-year-old daughter. She had apparently left her daughter with staff at the hotel play area and was on her way to buy some groceries.
The Cyprus News Agency said the Briton, also a tourist, was arrested on Wednesday night. He is suspected of being the driver of the rental buggy that hit the woman on the crossing on Nissi Avenue, then fled the scene on foot.
A police spokeswoman said that the accident occurred at around 6.00 pm. He said the driver failed to stop at a pedestrian crossing where the woman was attempting to cross. “A young man driving the rental buggy overtook a stopped car, and hit the woman,” he said.
Photos showed the damaged buggy at the crossing, next to the car that had stopped to let Pamdahl cross the road.
The driver then abandoned the vehicle, and his passenger on foot. The Swedish woman was taken to Famagusta general hospital where she was declared dead on arrival. The child is currently under the care of the welfare department and her father is expected in Cyprus.
Police inquiries determined the driver was a 25-year-old tourist from Britain. His photo was released to the media and an arrest warrant issued.
He was tracked down a few hours later. An alcotest was carried out with a reading of 44 μg more than four times the legal limit of 9μg. He also tested positive for cannabis, the spokesman said.