Lipsic: I Very Much Regret What Happened; I Hadn’t Drunk Alcohol

OLaNO-NOVA MP Daniel Lipsic (stock photo by TASR)

Bratislava, September 20 (TASR) – OLaNO-NOVA MP Daniel Lipsic, who while driving his car in Bratislava on Monday ran over a man who subsequently died from his injuries, said at a press conference on Tuesday that his current priority is to help the bereaved and to cooperate with investigators, TASR learnt on the same day.

Lipsic hit a 72-year-old pedestrian on Vajnorska Street in Bratislava on Monday evening. The senior citizen was subsequently taken to Bratislava University Hospital in the borough of Ruzinov, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

“I’m very sorry about what happened yesterday. I’ve expressed my regret to the son of the departed at the scene of the accident and asked him to pass on my apologies to the whole family. I’ve offered him help. I spoke to the sons of the deceased today as well,” said Lipsic.

The MP also described the course of the accident. “I was coming home from a store at 8 p.m. I was driving at approximately 50 kilometres per hour. The man was wearing dark clothes, and I noticed him at the last moment, but unfortunately couldn’t prevent a collision. I pulled to a stop immediately. The man was conscious, had his eyes open and a palpable pulse but wasn’t communicating. I called an ambulance and tried to provide first aid,” explained Lipsic.

“I submitted to two breathalyser tests that yielded negative results, and I also asked for a blood test. The result of that was negative as well. I wasn’t on the phone while driving. The dispatched expert photodocumented the scene of the accident in the evening, and with the help of people in dark clothes examined whether it was possible to spot the man. The conclusions will form part of the investigation dossier,” said Lipsic.

Lipsic didn’t know whether the accident took place at a pedestrian crossing or not. “The police claim that it happened near a crossing. This will be determined by expert opinion,” added Lipsic, adding that he’s a proponent of the equality of everyone before the law.