“Of course, it was me,” Babilius told BNS after being asked if he drove the VW Touareg that was left at the accident scene.
The MP, delegated by the Liberal and Centre Union, denied, however, that he had been intoxicated with alcohol.
“You can call my doctor who will tell you that I have a serious condition that gives 50 percent chance of dying if I drink,” Bubilius claimed. “I haven't been drinking for a year, what else is there to do with a choice like that.”
The MP refused to go into any more detail about the accident, claiming that he did not want to compromise an ongoing investigation. Babilius was summoned to come to the police on Friday.
At the moment, Babilius is hospitalized in the Santariškės Clinics Cardiology Unit. According to him, doctors will not let him go home yet.
The accident on Monday night involved Babilius' SUV and a Mazda 6 with two passengers. According to one of them, they stopped their car at the traffic lights and were waiting for a green signal. Suddenly, they saw an SUV rapidly approaching from behind. The car made no attempt at stopping and hit the back of the Mazda.
The SUV driver then got outside and suggested not to call the police, offering the other driver a bribe. The two witnesses say they got the impression that the man was drunk: his speech was disjointed, he smelled of alcohol and was rather aggressive.
Later, he left the car and fled the scene before the police arrived. A driver is liable to a fine of 3 to 4 thousand litas for fleeing an accident scene and might have his or her driver's license suspended for 36 to 60 months.