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Vietnamese authorities arrest air power officer concerned in deadly automobile accident — Radio Free Asia

Vietnamese authorities on Thursday mentioned they arrested an air power main concerned in a deadly accident in late June in southeastern Vietnam’s Ninh Thuan province after figuring out he had been utilizing his mobile phone when his automobile hit and killed a highschool scholar on a scooter.

Maj. Hoang Van Minh of the 937th regiment, 370th division, of Vietnam Folks’s Air Power, formally known as the Air Protection-Air Power, was driving a seven-seat army car when he bumped into 18-year-old Ho Hoang Anh on June 28.

Minh is being briefly detained for 3 months whereas investigators look into the crash, in response to the Legal Investigation Company of Division 2 of the Air Protection-Air Power, authorities mentioned.

The provincial public safety and knowledge and communications departments held a press briefing on Aug. 2 to announce the motion in opposition to Minh.

Sr. Col. Ha Cong Son, deputy chief of the Phan Rang-Thap Cham metropolis police, mentioned that Minh has confessed to utilizing his cell phone whereas driving.

Son additionally mentioned the preliminary investigation indicated that earlier than the accident Minh had modified lanes in an unsafe method, inflicting Anh’s demise as she drove her scooter alongside the correct lane of the road and throughout the pace restrict. 

 He added that he believed there was enough proof to prosecute Minh.

Safety digital camera footage reveals that on the day of the crash, Minh turned the army car proper into the driveway of a financial institution workplace, colliding with Anh’s scooter. The influence knocked Anh off the scooter and into an electrical energy pole, smashing her head. She died en path to the hospital.  

The video additionally reveals Minh nonetheless holding his cell phone and speaking whereas getting out of his automobile following the collision.  

Medical authorities at Ninh Thuan Provincial Basic Hospital initially reported that Anh’s blood-alcohol focus degree was 0.79 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood. That led to fears amongst her household and the general public that the discharge of the check consequence was part of an effort to exonerate Minh by putting the blame on Anh. 

Ahn’s father filed a grievance asking for a assessment of claims that his daughter’s consuming brought on the crash, and spoke with newspapers to make the purpose that alcohol was to not blame, in response to an RFA report earlier this month. 

After receiving his petition, the Folks’s Committee of Ninh Thuan province requested provincial police to confirm the younger girl’s blood-alcohol check consequence.

On July 29, the hospital’s director apologized to the household for issuing an incorrect alcohol check consequence, blaming a technician for not following check rules. 

Per week later, hospital directors visited the scholar’s household to apologize in particular person and promised to invalidate the check consequence. On Tuesday, the hospital’s disciplinary committee mentioned it will self-discipline these accountable. 

Translated by Anna Vu for RFA Vietnamese. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.



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