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South Ossetia's Top Prosecutor Killed In Car Accident

The prosecutor-general of Georgia's breakaway region South Ossetia has died after being hit by a vehicle.

Local police said Merab Chigoyev died instantly after a car hit him while he was walking across a street in the regional capital, Tskhinvali.

A spokesperson for South Ossetia’s Interior Ministry was quoted as saying Chigoyev was returning from a wedding.

The driver of the vehicle, who was reportedly drunk, was later detained.

Chigoyev had been South Ossetia's prosecutor-general since May 2012.

Russia recognized the separatist region's independence following a five-day war with Georgia in August 2008, and has kept troops there since then.

Based on reporting by TASS and Interfax