Crash driver reveals grievances to media
CNA Monday, January 27, 2014, 12:26 am TWN
TAIPEI -- A man who drove a gravel truck into the Presidential Office in Taipei Saturday aired his grievances against society in a letter delivered to a local TV station.
Chang Teh-cheng, the only one injured in the incident, said in his letter that he is willing to be sentenced to death if anyone was killed, or to serve a life sentence even if no one was killed.
The TV station said in a news report yesterday morning that it had turned Chang's letter over to the police. The letter was sent by Chang before he drove his truck into the Presidential Office.
The incident took place early Saturday while President Ma Ying-jeou was in Sao Tome and Principe on the first leg of his eight-day, three-nation tour and the Presidential Office was closed for the weekend.
According to local news reports, Chang, who was transported to a hospital for treatment of his injuries after the incident, was angry following a court decision to sentence him to 40-day confinement after he was convicted of committing an act of violence against his ex-wife.
Prosecutors at the Taipei District Prosecutors Office said Chang received serious, though not life-threatening injuries, after his truck crashed into the bullet-proof glass door at the entrance of the Presidential Office.
Chang was the sole person injured in the incident and was treated at the hospital under the guard of police. He will be interrogated by prosecutors as soon as he is able to answer questions, said prosecution officials.
Chang posted a photo of the Presidential Office on his Facebook page, along with news about traffic incidents involving gravel trucks, adding that one day he might crash his truck into the Presidential Office to show his discontent with his court sentence.
He said that he would crash his truck into the Presidential Office in the early morning when there is little traffic and few pedestrians near the building.
But his postings didn't draw much attention until Saturday.
He was asked by his employer to drive his truck from Taipei to Taoyuan Country to transport building debris to Keelung City that morning, but instead drove the truck to downtown Taipei and crashed it into the Presidential Office at high speed.
Before leaving his house in Wenshan District in Taipei early Saturday, Chang left a message to his two daughters urging them to take care of themselves and follow the straight and narrow in life.
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