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Va. Man on Trial in 2008 Zimbabwe Vehicle Accident

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. — A U.S. government employee who struck and killed a man while driving in Zimbabwe in 2008 is scheduled to go on trial in Virginia, but he’s not being charged with the man’s death.

Andrew Pastirik goes on trial Monday on charges of vandalism for causing more than $1,000 in damage to the Toyota Land Cruiser he was driving. If convicted, he 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.

Michael Scharf, a law professor with Case Western Reserve University specializing in international law, says prosecutors hands are likely tied in Pastirik’s case. While the U.S. government can prosecute citizens who commit murder abroad, that does not apply to vehicular manslaughter.

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