US man faces bizarre charge over crash

2013-07-29 22:24


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Alexandria - A US government employee who struck and killed a man while driving in Zimbabwe in 2008 is on trial in Virginia, but he's not charged with the man's death.

The US government opened its case on Monday against Andrew Pastirik on charges of vandalism for causing more than $1 000 in damage to the Toyota Land Cruiser he was driving.

If convicted, Pastirik could face up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Pastirik was drunk when he struck 34-year-old Alois Pedzisai Matyoramhinga in Zimbabwe's capital of Harare.

Pastirik's defence attorney said Pastirik was not intoxicated when he hit the man and that any other driver in the same situation would have had the same collision.

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