A man has turned himself in to police in Hanoi after causing a fatal car crash that took the lives of three people on Monday morning, claiming that he owned neither the vehicle nor a driver’s license.
Nguyen Quang Vinh, 38, residing in Long Bien District, Hanoi, handed himself over to police officers on the afternoon of the same day, saying that he was the driver of the car that crashed into and killed three people.
Preliminary information showed that Vinh was working for a car wash in the district and did not have a driver’s license.
The car belonged to one of his customers, who left the vehicle along with its key at Vinh’s workplace, according to the suspect’s statement.
The man and his niece then got into the car to listen to some music and noticed a blinking red light there, Vinh said, adding that he then decided to drive the car to a nearby garage to check out the problem before bringing about the serious accident on Ai Mo Street.
According to police records, Vinh was previously convicted of theft and robbery.
Local police are carrying out an investigation into the case, Colonel Nguyen Viet Chuc, deputy chief of police in Long Bien District, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday evening.
At around 7:30 am on Monday, a Toyota Camry with plate number 29A-866.23 was driving at high speed on Ai Mo Street, Long Bien District, Hanoi, when it slammed into two people on a motorcycle and a pedestrian traveling in the opposite direction.
The three victims included Tran Viet Tien, 64, and his six-year-old granddaughter, Tran Gia Han, who were on the motorbike, and a woman named Nguyen Thi Truc, 47.
The vehicle then collided with another car before crashing into several motorcycles that were parked on the sidewalk before finally stopping in front of a house.
The victims were thrown about 10 meters by the force of the impact, with Tien and Truc killed on the spot, while Han succumbed to her injuries on the way to the hospital, witnesses said.
Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung has ordered competent authorities to urgently probe the case and severely punish the individual responsible.
Chairman Chung and other officials have also visited the families of the deceased and offered VND5 million (US$224.25) worth of financial support to each of the victims.
According to the investigation of Tuoi Tre reporters, the Toyota Camry was registered on July 20, 2013 by D.Q.S., 37, who lives in Hoang Mai District.
However, a local citizen said that there was no one with such a name living in the neighborhood.
A Tuoi Tre source said that the car potentially belonged to a celebrity named Q.K., who was seen having breakfast near the vehicle prior to the accident.