A car accident on the M3 in Hungary on Tuesday involving a Slovak woman that led to three Hungarians being burned alive as they could not escape their car will be used by the Hungarian courts to give an exemplary sentence as the woman had had been drinking and even had a bottle of vodka in her car at the time.
The woman, Eva Varholikova-Rezesova, is the 35-yr old daughter of the late Alexander Rezes, who was one of Meciar’s right hand men for many years and who controlled VSZ steelworks, among other things. The Hungarian police have confirmed that she was in fact under the influence at the time of the accident.
Varholikova-Rezesova apparently dosed off and just ploughed her BMW into the back of the unsuspecting Fiat Punto, which ignited after being rammed into a crash barrier. Only one of the four passengers managed to escape, but she suffered second and third degree burns on aroun 90% of her body, while losing her husband, sister and brother-in-law. [post print: the woman also later died today]
The Hungarian authorities have detained Varholikova pending a verdict, while her mother has said her daughter is ready to take full responsibility and suffer the consequences for the tragedy. Her mother also conveyed her deepest apologies and condolences to the family of the deceased.
The consequences in Hungary could be much greater than they may have been had the accident happened in Slovakia, where the highly affluent Rezes family are widely believed to have a lot of influence. The public prosecutor in Hungary is expected to motion for a 10-year prison sentence, which is 2 over the maximum as she was driving while drunk and going at excessive speed.