A Kyrgyz taxi driver who drove his vehicle into pedestrians near the Kremlin told a Moscow court on Monday he had mixed up the accelerator and brake pedals because he had not slept for two days before the accident on Saturday.
Authorities have added that there were no fatalities.
Two have been injured and are being treated in hospital, The Sun reports.
A video taken by a security camera shows the moment when the taxi moves to the sidewalk and hits the pedestrians. Uulu further said he hadn't slept in 20 hours, and ran away after the accident because he was afraid that angry bystanders would lynch him. CCTV footage posted on social media showed the cab driving about ten meters (yards) along the crowded pavement before hitting a traffic sign and coming to a partial stop.
"We didn't expect something like this to happen".
"I myself do not know what happened", he said.
The cabbie tried to flee the scene after two men ran up to his auto and tried to drag him out.
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The Moscow police department has opened a criminal case against the driver for road safety violations and ruled out any terror link.
Police said they have detained the driver, saying the person apparently lost control of the vehicle. A court will hold a sentencing hearing on Monday.
Asked if Chingiz could have been influenced by extremist ideas, Anarbekov said no.
Describing the actions of the driver, she said: "He ran into a group of Mexicans".
On Friday, the US State Department warned Americans against traveling to Russian Federation due to possible terror threats.
"Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities", the travel advice stated.
On camera, more people are seen chasing the man to an unknown location out of sight.