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Four Year Sentence for Truck Driver

Published fredag 11 februari 2005 kl 11.38

A Swedish appeals court on Thursday upheld a four year prison sentence for a Hungarian truck driver convicted of killing five people in a drunk-driving accident last year.

The 45 year old Hungarian collided with two cars on a southern Swedish highway in October, killing a family of four and another woman. 

He was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and reckless driving by a district court in December, but had appealed the sentence asking for a shorter prison term.

However, the appeals court upheld the sentence, which is the longest ever for a drunk driving accident in Sweden.

The court said it was clear that driver ”in a sober condition, would have realized the danger he was subjecting his fellow road-users to.”

The 45 year old was delivering a shipment from Hungary and admitted to having had too much to drink aboard a ferry and said he blacked out just before the accident.

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