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Five orphans killed by drunk driver laid to rest in Moscow

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Orphanage teachers and schoolmates attend a mourning church service during the funeral for car accident victims in Moscow, on Sept. 26. Five orphans along with their teacher and her husband had been killed by a drunken driver, who crashed at a bus stop. Three other people were seriously injured. All five teenagers were pupils of a special orphanage for disabled children.

Five orphans, along with their teacher and her husband, were laid to rest on Wednesday after they were killed by a drunk driver in Moscow. The five teenagers were at a special orphanage for disabled children, according to the European Press Agency.

Associated Press reports-- Five orphaned teens were waiting for a bus with their guardians in Moscow on Saturday when a car careened into them, killing all seven. Grief turned to outrage when it emerged that the driver was heavily drunk and had a string of traffic violations on his record — including a DUI arrest two years ago.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and lawmakers have reacted with proposals to stiffen penalties on drunken drivers, and parliament debated the measures on Tuesday. But with bribery so commonplace and road laws rarely enforced, many wonder whether even the toughest response can change a deep-set culture of reckless driving.

After the crash, police video shows, Alexander Maximov stumbled out of his Toyota sedan, which he had been driving at 200 kilometers (125 miles per hour), bloodied and barely able to stand. He appeared in court Monday with his head wounds dressed, but still wearing the blood-speckled sweatshirt from the day of the accident. Read the full story

Yuri Kochetkov / EPA

Orphanage teachers and schoolmates attend a mourning church service for car accident victims in Moscow on Sept. 26.

Yuri Kochetkov / EPA

Orphanage teachers and schoolmates throw handfuls of soil into a common grave during the funeral for car accident victims in Moscow Sept. 26.

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