Trolleybus driver sentenced to more than three years in prison

03-01-2012

Brno’s Municipal Court sentenced former trolleybus driver Milan Hladký to 3 years and four months in prison for ignoring a red light at an intersection last year that caused a collision with a passing tram. Thirteen people were injured in the accident and one person, a 77-year-old man, died. In its ruling, the court also banned Mr Hladký from driving for five years. The former trolleybus driver has suffered from clinical depression since the accident and receives regular treatment. He says he does not understand how it happened, stressing he would never knowingly ignore a red light. Witnesses, though, described his driving ahead of the tragedy as “sharp” and “aggressive”.