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“He could have avoided the incident”

Stefan was hit while he was changing a tire by an intoxicated driver, who is now in danger of being sentenced to 12 years in prison

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Dejan Mitić (29), who stands accused that he killed the now deceased Stefan Kocić (20) from Niška Banja on August 9th of last year while driving under the influence of alcohol and cocaine, is in danger of being sentenced to 2 to 12 years in prison, as heard in Niš Palace of justice. During the last hearing, preceding the closing statements and judgment, medical and transportation experts gave their statements, in which they confirmed that the accused Mitić, who was driving without a driver’s licence, had 2.2 promille of alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident.

The now deceased Kocić had stopped to help a man change a tire on his car, when he was hit by a car which was driven by Mitić, report “Novosti”.

Nastradali Stefan Kocić iz Niške Banje

Photo by: B. Janačković / RAS Srbija

The now deceased Stefan Kocić from Niška Banja

Neuropsychiatry expert said that the accused was incapable of driving a car due to the afforementioned amount of alcohol in his system.

Transportation expert added that Mitić would have been able to avoid the accident if he had driven within the speed limit, in which case he would be able to avoid hitting Kocić.

-BMW vehicle was not registered, and the driver had exceeded the speed limit by 25 km/h as the speed limit was 50 km/h – said the legal representative of the Kocić family Bratislav Stojanović.

The accident happened around 3:45 in the morning between the Niška Banja center and the train barrier, and as it could have been heard in the courtroom, seconds were missing to avoid Stefan’s death. Mitić was driving at a high speed from Niška Banja, as Stefan had stopped with two of his friends to help Mladen Davidović, owner of “Zastava 101” change a tire. Davidović had, as soon as Mitić had hit Kocić with his car, fleed the place of the accident, which during the trial he tried to justify with being afraid.


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