Man killed after car collides with pedestrians in World Cup host city Sochi

Reports suggest the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel

 *WARNING: graphic video *

A 63-YEAR-OLD man was killed and two women were critically injured when a car smashed into pedestrians in the World Cup host city Sochi last week.

Six were hit by the car, and three others are believed injured.

Police said they were investigating the incident and that initial signs suggested the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. Video and pictures captured the shocking moment the car drifted across lanes of oncoming traffic, mounting the pavement and ploughing into a group of pedestrians, before hitting another car.

The authorities say the incident took place on a road about 30 miles from Sochi’s stadium. Russia is currently hosting the football World Cup in 11 host cities, including Sochi. The Black Sea resort venue has hosted five matches and will hosted the quarter-final between Russia and Croatia yesterday.

Russian authorities have pledged to host a safe World Cup. In June, a taxi driver drove into a crowd of pedestrians near Red Square, in Moscow, injuring eight people.