Hit-and-run driver caught in Kaohsiung placed in custody
The China Post news staffTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Prosecutors ruled to place a hit-and-run driver in custody yesterday, citing flight risk and severity of crimes.
January 15, 2013, 12:21 am TWN
The accused driver had fled from the scene after killing two teenagers and severely injured their father.
Police officers said Huang went into hiding after he drove a van to hit the scooter of a man surnamed Wu, who was taking his 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son to a supplementary school on Jan. 12.
Both teenagers died at the scene while Wu was still under intensive care at a hospital due to the strong impact from the accident.
Some witnesses said Huang's high-speed van sent the three into the air.
However, Huang managed to speed away after getting off his car to check the mishap but pretending to go back to the driver's seat to get certain documents.
He than abandoned the car, which had been borrowed from a friend, at a wharf for transporting bananas.
Police officers soon found the van after examining the images grabbed by surveillance cameras on the roads in Kaohsiung.
They eventually picked up Huang, who was still on the wanted list for prior crimes, on Feiji (Airplane) Road as Huang was not familiar with the area and had no place to go since he had no friends in Kaohsiung.
Huang told the police that he was not under the influence of alcohol when the accident took place.
He decided to escape for fear of being beaten by people rushing to the scene, said Huang, who was also afraid of being caught by police because he was still a fugitive on the run.
Police officers said records show that Huang was being pursued for past violations of regulations concerning drug dealings and burglary.
They plan to turn Huang to prosecutors for endangering public safety and involuntary slaughter which are subject to a combined jail term of seven years.
Huang is expected to meet a severe sentence from the court because he ran away from the scene after causing a serious accident.
Teachers and classmates of the two teenaged victims will hold commemorative services today at the junior high and elementary schools they attended.
The two victims had been outstanding students at schools while their mother has worked as a volunteer at a primary school for many years.