Greek police are investigating what they described as a ‘freak accident’ on the island of Skiathos, in which a British expat is said to have run over his wife, killing her as he tried to park his car outside their villa.
According to reports, the couple was returning home after a night out drinking, when the woman fainted and fell from the car.
“An inquiry is being conducted,” said police spokeswoman Chryssa Panayiotou. “It seems to have been an accident. The 58-year-old woman was lying on the ground when her 62-year-old husband drove into her, not knowing she was there.”
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene and her body was taken to Skiathos Health centre.
Police announced that initial reports show that the woman appeared to have got out of the car under the influence of alcohol before collapsing. “The incident happened at around 2.30 am,” added the spokeswoman.
The man was arrested but released pending trial and he also underwent medical tests on Wednesday to determine alcohol levels in his blood.
Greek authorities say that even though the man was charged with involuntary manslaughter the case was being treated as an accident and an autopsy will be carried out.