Moscow Taxi Driver Plows into World Cup Fans, Blames Exhaustion

Chaos descended on Ilinka Street in Moscow, 200 meters from the Red Square, on Saturday, when a taxi plowed into a crowd of World Cup fans, gathered in the Russian capital for the big event.
Chyngyz Anarbek Uulu drove his taxi through a crowd of World Cup fans in Moscow, Russia 5 photos
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Shocking video of the incident is included below. The taxi was supposed to slow down in traffic, but instead made a sudden move to the right and mounted the sidewalk, literally plowing into pedestrians and injuring half a dozen of them.

The taxi came to a stop after 10 meters, when it crashed into a traffic sign, and the driver tried to make his escape as an angry mob was trying to get a hold of him. They eventually caught up with him, and his best defense was “It wasn’t me,” reports in the media say.

The driver has been identified as Chyngyz Anarbek Uulu, 28, and he is now in police custody. Authorities are not treating the incident as a terrorist attack, and Uulu backs up the story by blaming it on exhaustion, The Sun reports.

Apparently, he’d been working 20-hour shifts for days, surviving on a little over a couple of hours a sleep at night. He says he tried to hit the brakes on his car but stepped on the acceleration instead; after that, he blacked out.

“I don't know what happened… I regret very much,” he told investigators. “I wanted to stop, I wanted to let one man pass. I wanted to stop, it was just one second and I pressed the accelerator instead. And I thought I was pushing the brakes, I don't know, and I passed out…. And then I saw people being pushed… and then I ran away.”

Uulu maintains he didn’t run because of guilt but because he was afraid for his life. As angry men rushed to detain him, punches and kicks flew freely, and he thought they might even kill him on the spot.

“I was afraid, they would have killed me, so many people there,” he says. At the time, he didn’t even have a full grasp of what he’d done, so his instinct kicked in and he tried to flee.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin called the incident “an unpleasant” one on social media, adding that the driver simply lost control of the vehicle. Uulu remains in police custody.

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Elena has been writing for a living since 2006 and, as a journalist, she has put her double major in English and Spanish to good use. She covers automotive and mobility topics like cars and bicycles, and she always knows the shows worth watching on Netflix and friends.
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