Oleg Shcherbinsky during his trial in November (ITAR-TASS)
13 February 2006 -- A Russian driver jailed over a car accident that caused the death of a senior official is appealing his prison sentence.
Lawyers for Oleg Shcherbinsky said today they had filed an appeal in the Altai regional court.
A lower court on 3 February sentenced Shcherbinsky to 4 years in a penal colony over a 2005 car accident in which Altai regional Governor Mikhail Yevdokimov was killed.
Prosecutors blamed Shcherbinsky for Yevdokimov's death saying he was not quick enough to get out of the way of the governor's car, which was flashing a blue light.
Shcherbinsky said he could not avoid the collision as the governor was traveling at too high speed.
Thousands of motorists staged protests in Moscow and several other Russian cities over the weekend to demand proper justice for ordinary drivers involved in car accidents with officials.