Moscow region police are investigating a road incident in which four Moldovan men were struck and killed by a pair of luxury vehicles, possibly owned by a large bank, news reports said Tuesday.
The victims, all construction workers, were crossing the road leading to Domodedovo Airport early Monday when they were rammed by a Toyota Land Cruiser and a Mercedes S-600, Gazeta.ru
The impact scattered the men, killing three on the spot. The fourth died hours later in a hospital in the nearby town of Vidnoye, Interfax said.
The men were likely going to a store for some vodka, an unidentified police official
The identities of the cars' owners, drivers and passengers were unclear late Tuesday. But activists with Blue Buckets, a motorist group that opposes the abuse of road privileges by VIPs, said the license plates on the cars suggested VIP status.
Blue Buckets claimed to have tracked the Land Cruiser's license plate number back to a leasing company called Avangard-Leasing, owned by Avangard Bank.
Bank representatives said they "had no information that the bank's vehicles were involved in this accident," Gazeta.ru reported. Regional police refused to confirm or deny the report.
The Mercedes featured the rare and highly coveted letter combination "MMR," which police treat like a flashing blue light, giving users the right to ignore traffic rules, Blue Bucket coordinator Pyotr Shkumatov
Another Blue Bucket activist speculated on the group's LiveJournal community that the Land Cruiser was being used as a security escort, but a police spokesman denied that the vehicles had formed a VIP convoy, RIA-Novosti reported.
LiveJournal user Alienoraa, who drove by the crash site,
Several pre-crash photographs taken by drivers and
A case was opened on charges of involuntary manslaughter of multiple people, which carries a maximum punishment of seven years in prison, RIA-Novosti