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Driver arrested after killing street sweeper in DUI crash in Hanoi

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 14:02 GMT+7
Driver arrested after killing street sweeper in DUI crash in Hanoi
The crash site on Lang Street in Dong Da District, Hanoi on the night of April 22, 2019. Photo: Chi Tue / Tuoi Tre

A car driver in Hanoi has been held in custody after he fatally crashed into a female street sweeper while drink-driving on Monday night.

An official from the police unit in Dong Da District confirmed on Tuesday that they had initiated legal proceedings against the traffic accident and apprehended the drunk driver, Do Xuan Tuyen, 49, to assist the investigation.

Tuyen was driving a seven-seater automobile along Vinh Ho Street at around 11:30 pm on Monday when he hit two motorbikes.

The car continued traveling at high speed before crashing into a street cleaner on Lang Street, killing her on the spot.

The victim was identified as Le Thi Thu H., 42.

Do Xuan Tuyen is held at the police station in this photo provided by officers.

Do Xuan Tuyen is held at the police station in this photo provided by officers.

After the fatal crash, Tuyen rear-ended another car on the same street and continued to speed away for a while before pulling to a complete stop on Lang Ha Street.

He was immediately held by police officers.

According to the municipal committee for traffic safety, Tuyen’s breath alcohol content was 1.041 milliliters per liter of breath, while the Vietnamese law says that car drivers must have a zero alcohol level.

As of 9:00 am on Tuesday, the driver was still drunk and unable to work with authorities.

The house of Le Thi Thu H. in Dong Da District, Hanoi. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

The house of Le Thi Thu H. in Dong Da District, Hanoi. Photo: Ha Thanh / Tuoi Tre

He later admitted to having consumed five to seven large glasses of beer prior to the accident.

Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung on Tuesday visited and extended his condolences to H.’s family members.

He also called on relevant agencies to provide support for the family.

H. earned a living as a motorbike taxi driver during the day and as a street sweeper at night to support the family, said Tran Duc Anh, the victim’s eldest son, who is now in ninth grade.

Her youngest child, who is in sixth grade, has been living with her husband after the couple split up.

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