Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Taxi driver says drove into people in Moscow after mixing up pedals

Taxi driver says drove into people in Moscow after mixing up pedals

Footage shows people chasing and then kicking him after Saturday's crash in which at least seven people - including Mexican World Cup fans - were injured.

An unidentified official said of the injured: "Seven of them are in a satisfactory condition and one woman is in a moderate condition".

"I fully admit my guilt", 28-year-old Chingiz Anarbek, the driver, testified in Kyrgyz, which was translated into Russian.

Mexico's World Cup team is set to play against Germany in Moscow early tomorrow morning.

The accident took place on Ilinka Street, around 200 metres from Red Square and Moscow's famous GUM shopping centre.

Moscow police said the driver had been at the wheel for more than 20 hours and had pressed the accelerator by mistake.

Bystanders quickly go to the driver's side door and try to force it open.

Policemen stand guard after a taxi ran into crowds of people in central Moscow, Russia, June 16, 2018.

Eyewitness reports indicated that the incident was deliberate, though police said preliminary information indicated the driver lost control of the vehicle.

It said he fled the scene because he feared being attacked by members of the public. The taxi drives for about 10 meters along the pavement and comes to halt after hitting a traffic sign.

A video taken by a security camera shows the moment when the taxi moves to the sidewalk and hits the pedestrians.

He said several people were injured and received the necessary medical assistance.

Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said she called the emergency services on her mobile phone.

"I wanted to brake, I wanted to let someone through", he says, visibly upset.

The Authority gave the name of the driver as Analbek Uulu from Kyrgyzstan.

Graphic video of the incident has been posted below.

Many of them do not have legal permission to work and endure arduous living conditions.

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