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Cyprus holds British man in traffic death of Swedish tourist

NICOSIA, CYPRUS (AP) – Cyprus police detained a 25-year-old British citizen on Thursday on suspicion of driving a dune buggy that struck and killed a Swedish tourist at a crosswalk in the popular resort town of Ayia Napa.

A Cyprus court ordered that the man remain in custody for six days until investigators are ready to bring charges against him in the death of 46-year-old Camilla Christina Pamdahl.

Police said the accident occurred early on Wednesday evening as Pamdahl attempted to traverse a crosswalk along Ayia Napa’s busy main thoroughfare.

The suspect fled the scene of the accident on foot. Police tracked him down and arrested him. Authorities said a test showed the suspect’s blood alcohol level to be nearly five times the limit and a preliminary drug test indicated he was also under the influence of narcotics.

State broadcaster CyBC reported that Pamdahl was vacationing with her six-year-old daughter in Ayia Napa. The child has been placed under the care of Cyprus’ Welfare Department.

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