Hit-and-run suspect cries foul, new mother remains in coma
The China Post news staff
July 26, 2012, 12:13 am TWN
The China Post news staff--A suspected hit-and-run driver yesterday roared out his denial of fleeing after his truck hit a car driven by a pregnant woman on the Dr. Sun Yat-sen National Freeway on June 27, before attending an investigation session at the Taichung District Prosecutors' Office.
The truck driver, named Liu Chen-hsiang, told reporters that he didn't know what was happening during the accident and he didn't know somebody was hit by his car. "It is the police that forced me to confess to the hit-and-run accident," Liu said.
The session was held to investigate the alleged hit-and-run accident that happened on the morning of June 27 at the 180.4-kilometer mark on the southbound lane of the National Dr. Sun Yat-sen National Freeway. During the accident, a car overturned after allegedly being hit by Liu's truck, strangling pregnant driver Yeh Jen-yu by her seat belt and into a coma.
Yeh received emergency treatment at Taichung Veterans General Hospital but remains in a coma after giving birth to a baby boy via Caesarean section.
Before the investigation session, both Liu and Yeh's husband, Nei Zi-xiu, were asked by prosecutors to check the two vehicles involved in the accident. Nei said he felt quite upset when seeing the "broken" car driven by his wife.
Nei said that over the past month, the hit-and-run driver hasn't yet expressed any remorse for the accident. "Now we don't care about his attitude, but we hope the truth of the accident can come out as soon as possible," he said.
Nei continued, saying that he hoped his wife would come out of her coma as soon as possible and tell what happened in the accident. "This is the only thing I can do now as her husband," he said.
The husband continued that since Liu has no sincere desire to settle the case, there is no other choice but for him to take legal actions against the alleged hit-and-run driver.