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AT 2:20 A.M. ON MAY 1, 1962, while riding his bicycle along the Simferopol' Highway in the company of Baturin, Pronin fell and injured his shoulder. Leaving his bicycle with Pronin, Baturin went on foot to a nearby village to summon medical aid. Pronin waited for him for awhile, and then decided to go back to the village of Volosovo in a passing car. Seeing the Tula-Moscow bus coming, he ran onto the road and waved. The driver, Markelov, seeing Pronin run onto the road 50 feet ahead of the bus, swerved to the left, went into the left lane, and struck a Volga automobile driven by Tabulin coming in the opposite direction.


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