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Woman arrested for killing one under the influence in Saigon

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 15:59 GMT+7
Woman arrested for killing one under the influence in Saigon
The scene of the accident at the Hang Xanh intersection in Binh Thanh District, Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Police have captured a woman and initiated legal proceedings against her for breaking traffic rules, leading to the death of a person in Ho Chi Minh City this week, despite her blaming the fatal crash on her high heels.

Binh Thanh District police officers confirmed on Wednesday that they had apprehended and indicted Nguyen Thi Nga, 46, living in District 12, on charges of “breaching regulations on road travel.”

She was driving a BMW sedan carrying the license plate 51F-27910 at 11:10 pm on Sunday on Dien Bien Phu Street, from the Nguyen Binh Khiem traffic circle toward the Saigon Bridge.

Nga slammed her car into five stationary motorbikes at the red light when arriving at the Hang Xanh intersection in Binh Thanh District. The BMW rammed a taxi before grinding to a complete halt.

The crash killed a woman instantly and injured five others, two of whom are in a critical condition, while damaging five motorbikes and two cars.

At the police station, Nga admitted to drinking at the restaurant that she owns on Pasteur Street in District 3 prior to the incident.

Nga often has her chauffeur take her home. The driver, however, took a day off that day, thus Nga had to drive home by herself.

The woman asserted she was completely sober during the journey.

As she approached the red light at Hang Xanh, the strap of her high heel got stuck to the gas pedal, causing her to panic and slam on the accelerator instead of the brakes, according to her statement.

But a test previously showed that Nga’s breath alcohol content was 0.94 milligrams per liter, an officer stated, adding it is impossible to stay sober at such a level.

A car driver is considered breaking the traffic rule when there is alcohol in their breath, according to Vietnamese law.

The Vietnamese Penal Code says that anyone driving under the influence shall be jailed for three to 10 years.

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Viet Toan / Tuoi Tre News


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