Va. man on trial in 2008 Zimbabwe vehicle accident

11:57 AM, Jul 29, 2013   |    comments
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A U.S. government employee who struck and killed a man while driving in Zimbabwe in 2008 is now on trial in the incident in Virginia, but he's not being charged with the man's death.

The U.S. government opened its case Monday against Andrew Pastirik on charges of vandalism for causing more than $1,000 in damage to the Toyota Land Cruiser he was driving. If convicted, Pastirik could face up to 10 years in prison.

Prosecutors say Pastirik was drunk when he struck and killed 34-year-old Alois Pedzisai Matyoramhinga in Zimbabwe's capital of Harare. Pastirik's defense attorney disagrees. During opening statements Monday he said Pastirik was not intoxicated when he hit the man and that any other driver in the same situation would have had the same collision.

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