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Video Footage Shows Deadly Collision Outside Greek Parliament

ATHENS – Footage from a surveillance camera revealed the accident in which a motorcyclist hit a vehicle turning into the Greek Parliament – across traffic – that was a police escort for New Democracy lawmaker Dora Bakoyianni.

It was released by the newspaper Kathimerini and showed the escort car turning into incoming traffic, with no report whether it was allowed at that point, and the motorcyclist moving at an apparent high rate of speed.

He was on the inside lane and apparently blocked by a taxi on the left side as the car turned into the traffic lane to get into the Parliament, the graphic video showing the motorcyclist hitting the rear of the car and flying into the roadway ahead.

He was taken to nearby Evangelismos Hospital but died from a grave brain injury, earlier reports said, the family of the 23-year-old man deciding to donate his organs. It wasn’t clear or said if he was wearing a helmet.

The accident took place last March 12 at 12.25 p.m. outside the side entrance of the Parliament, next to flower shops on Vasilissis Sofias Avenue but it wasn’t said whether lawmakers cars or escorts are allowed to make the turn into traffic from the other side of the road.

The newspaper said that the turning is usually regulated by a traffic officer with lawmakers and their escorts given the privilege of their vehicles crossing instead of coming up on the side of the road where they wouldn’t have to avoid oncoming vehicles.

It also wasn’t said whether Bakoyianni, the sister of Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, is the only one with a police escort vehicle or if other Members of Parliament do as well.

Bakoyianni, who wasn’t in the car that was hit, expressed her condolences and an investigation is underway with the police officer driving her escort to be questioned as well in the probe.

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