x Abu Dhabi, UAE Friday 21 July 2017

Driver charged in fatal DUI accident

He and friends had taken drugs before high-speed wreck on way to Oman, prosecutors say.

DUBAI // A man killed his friend in a car accident after driving under the influence of drugs and other banned substances, a court heard this morning.

EA, 29, from Oman was charged with consuming drugs, driving and speeding while under the influence of drugs, causing the death of a man, and damaging public property. He denied the charges.

The Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance was told that on June 15, 2010, EA was driving back to Oman after a visit to the UAE.

As the vehicle moved along Hatta Road near the border guards camp, both he and his friend KG were under the influence of morphine, oxazepam, timazepam and other drugs, prosecutors say.

EA was driving on the two-lane road at 130kph, which was higher than the designated limit for the road, according to the report of a technical committee that analysed the accident.

Records said he lost control of his Toyota Corolla and swerved across the road, hitting a concrete barrier. The car then rebounded to the right side of the road.

The technical committee said the car then left the road for at least 30 metres, overturned and hit a tree about 119 metres from the original impact.

KG suffered multiple injuries to his head, chest, and other parts of his body. He also suffered bleeding in his brain, which killed him almost immediately.

The date of the next hearing is yet to be determined

salamir@thenational.ae