Human Interest Russian Cosmonaut Runs Over Colleague on Earth Weeks After Returning From Space Oleg Artemyev — who recently spent 195 days in space — was reportedly driving on a dark road outside Moscow when he hit a pedestrian who works at a space program training center By Jason Hahn Jason Hahn Jason Hahn is a former Human Interest and Sports Reporter for PEOPLE. He started at PEOPLE's Los Angeles Bureau as a writer and reporter in 2017 and interviewed the likes of Kobe Bryant, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Tom Brady. He has a B.A. in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He previously worked for Complex Magazine in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 19, 2022 03:08 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Pavel Kassin/AP/Shutterstock Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev ran over a colleague on Monday night while driving outside of Moscow, Russian space agency Roscosmos said. According to the Associated Press, Artemyev, who recently spent 195 days in space, accidentally hit a pedestrian while traveling down a dimly lit area. The accident happened less than three weeks after Artemyev returned to Earth, the outlet added, citing a translated statement from Roscosmos. Artemyev provided first aid to the victim, Anatoly Uronov, who was later transferred to a hospital to treat several fractures. The 63-year-old was crossing the road when the incident occurred. Journalist Anatoly Zak described Uronov as a "project manager" of Star City, a cosmonaut training center. In their statement, Roscosmos said Artemyev was not under the influence of alcohol and quickly called emergency services after the accident. Watch Astronaut Michael López-Alegría and Pianist BLKBOK Perform a Duet — from Space! Research has shown that people who spend time in space need time away from driving because their ability to operate a vehicle is reduced, Space.com noted. In 2013, flight surgeon Raffi Kuyumjian said that someone who has been to space for an extended period of time would need about three weeks off from driving. At the time of Artemyev's accident, 19 days had passed from his return to Earth, though there's no indication whether his recent time in space was a factor in the incident. RELATED VIDEO: Dad's Ham Radio Hobby Leads to Daughter Calling Astronaut in Space — Hear Their Adorable Chat! Per Space.com, Artemyev has spent a total of 560 days in space over three missions in 2014, 2018, and 2022. Dad's Ham Radio Hobby Leads to Daughter Calling Astronaut in Space — Hear Their Adorable Chat! He previously worked for the Soviet Army and spacecraft manufacturer RSC Energia.