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Hit-and-run suspect cries foul, new mother remains in coma

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.

July 26, 2012    ludahai_twn@
Truck and bus drivers are a massive hazard on the expressways of Taiwan. There needs to be a strict crackdown on their driving behavior. People need to be given an easy avenue to submit video of dangerous driving behavior with rewards. Only when people are turning these maniacs in with conclusive video can these drivers be punished and taken off the roads, thereby serving as a warning to others to shape up.
July 27, 2012    alistairsmith@
The suspected hit- and- run driver Liu, is the kind of all-too-common person involved in car accidents who will go to any lengths to deny responsibility-and medical costs- in the crash .I’ve seen it way too often, even hit-and-crush accidents on both human and dogs. Due to my experience of 30 years on the island, I can unequivocally say the truck driver is guilty. I never liked truck drivers here.
August 3, 2012    curtisakbar@
Completely agree with you ludahai! But you forgot to mention the idiot taxi, scooter and bicycle drivers. Well we could just list 90% of drivers in Taiwan!
August 8, 2012    ludahai_twn@
curtisakbar@ wrote:
Completely agree with you ludahai! But you forgot to mention the idiot taxi, scooter and bicycle drivers. Well we could just list 90% of drivers in Taiwan!
Completely agree. The lack of discipline on the roads here in Taiwan is absolutely appalling. As a cyclist, I see it every day.
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