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Man charged with murder in fatal DUI collision

A man in Nantou County was indicted by prosecutors yesterday and may face life imprisonment or the death penalty if convicted of murder charges for allegedly driving into a motorcyclist while drunk and then turning back to run over the victim again in early May.

According to prosecutors, Hung Rong-hsiang (洪榮祥), 24, rear-ended motorcyclist Liao Jin-chuan (廖金川), 78, at around midnight in Nantou's Tsaotun Township (草屯鎮) on May 4. Instead of stopping to check on Liao, Hung allegedly accelerated and drove away.

As the accident caused a great amount of noise, many passers-by gathered, some to check on the injured Liao in the middle of the road — and realized that he was still conscious and breathing, while others helped direct traffic and set up cones and barriers to prevent other vehicles from running into the accident scene.

Three minutes later, Hung drove back. Disregarding passers-by's signals and warnings, Hung allegedly accelerated and drove his vehicle into the traffic cones, sending them flying into the air, then aimed at Liao's head. Hung's vehicle — specifically the left front wheel — crushed Liao's head at a speed of 40 to 50 kilometers per hour. Hung altered his vehicle's angle, and the right rear wheel of his vehicle ran over Liao's body, pressing and dragging it along, causing serious trauma.

According to prosecutors, Hung again sped away after causing fatal trauma to Liao. When the police tracked him by his vehicle's license plate number, Hung was found to have a blood alcohol level as high as 0.69 milligrams.

Hung Not Repenting: Prosecutors

Hung attempted to explain away his running over Liao with reasons such as he was “drunk and had no recollection of doing so,” “failing to see clearly due to the absence of his glasses” and “had not been able to slam the breaks quickly enough and accidentally ran over the old man.”

Prosecutors ruled that the defendant's denial of intentionally running over Liao indicated that he was not repentant, and yesterday he was charged with murder and faces life imprisonment or even the death penalty if convicted, yesterday.

June 6, 2012    kingsolomon@
DUI is simply MURDER because the vehicle is a DEADLY WEAPON. If an individual is armed with a deadly weapon and causes death, it is called MURDER.
June 6, 2012    olichu@
Taiwan judicial system is a joke. "Prosecutors ruled that the defendant's denial of intentionally running over Liao indicated that he was not repentant, and yesterday he was charged with murder.." The prosecutors are stupid...whether or not he (REPENTS) is moot. Murder is murder....the prosecutors just need to determine the murder charge degree. So if the Hung repented, no murder charges would have been charged...What a joke!!
June 6, 2012    ludahai_twn@
This was a callous act. Make an example of him.
June 7, 2012    taijim@
Charge this maniac. I was beginning to have hope for Taiwan until I read this "Prosecutors ruled that the defendant's denial of intentionally running over Liao indicated that he was not repentant,"

So if I kill someone and say I am sorry is that ok? I think this writer should be a little more clear. What does the law say about this?
June 7, 2012    curtisakbar@
Even if he was repentant, he should still be charged with murder, as saying sorry doesn't bring the man back to life.
June 7, 2012    hanghim@
3 mins later, Hung drove back to make sure the man is dead for good. Locking him up and throwing away the key would be too easy for him. This is intentional murder perpetrated by a drunken animal. I say the primitive "eye for an eye" punishment should be levied on this beast.
June 8, 2012    Yo@
I would run him over using the very same technique he did to the old man but making sure that he's not dead in the process; keep him alive in the ICU, to repeat the punishment over and over again. That's judgment!
June 8, 2012    freeman70@
hanghim@ wrote:
3 mins later, Hung drove back to make sure the man is dead for good. Locking him up and throwing away the key would be too easy for him. This is intentional murder perpetrated by a drunken animal. I say the primitive "eye for an eye" punishment should be levied on this beast.
I agree. For the most part, I believe in giving criminals a chance for rehabilitation. After reading the gruesome details of the news article, I think he deserves the death penalty. We don't need people like this on the planet. I would even go so far as recommending no humane lethal injection for him but a slow and painful death with him begging for mercy. That way, he may realize what it is like when someone has such a callous attitude toward the life of another person before he dies.
June 8, 2012    aoeworth@
Agreed, hang him. A good ole fashioned public hanging, and that young Kaohsiung a**hole too. Make a clear example, no more DUI!
June 10, 2012    miller.henry641@
So...the standard Taiwan "pai say" is not good enough for this one?
June 29, 2012    fuckr@
I’ve been following this story since day 1. Give the poor man justice. Hang the SOB now!!!
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