KHARKIV, Ukraine: A millionaire’s daughter killed six people after she “jumped a red light and rammed into a crowd” at a pedestrian crossing, police say.
The 20-year-old’s speeding Lexus struck another vehicle before landing on its wheels and crashing into a group waiting to cross the road.
Six were killed, including a 15-year-old girl, and a dozen more injured in the carnage.
Heiress Alyona Zaitseva’s armed bodyguards drove up in two jeeps immediately after the crash and protected her from a furious crowd who witnessed the appalling crash.
The dead included a 15-year-old schoolgirl.
“It’s like a war zone,” said one onlooker seeking to care for the injured.
Zaitseva, 20, daughter of local energy company multi-millionaire Vasily Zaitsev, was uninjured.
A shocking video of the aftermath of the crash showed bodies strewn on the pavement.
Among the seriously wounded is a woman who is seven months pregnant, described as being in a grave condition in hospital.
Student Zaitseva was detained initially for three days.
Police said she was found not to have been drinking before the crash.
If convicted she faces up to ten years in jail.
Local bloggers expressed fears that because of her powerful father she will be exonerated despite witnesses saying she sped through the red light.
The driver of the Touareg, Gennady Dronov, 49, was on a green light when the vehicles collided, according to witnesses.