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Two women killed in DUI hit-and-run crash at Hanoi underpass

Thursday, May 02, 2019, 11:23 GMT+7
Two women killed in DUI hit-and-run crash at Hanoi underpass
The scene of the accident at Kim Lien Underpass in Hai Ba Trung District, Hanoi on May 1, 2019. Photo: Otofun

A car driver in Hanoi has admitted to having been under the influence of alcohol when he fatally crashed into two women on a motorbike at the entrance of an underpass in Hanoi on early Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at around 12:10 am at the entrance of Kim Lien Underpass in Hai Ba Trung District, according to initial information.

Two women, D.H.Y. and T.T.Q., who were both 43, were traveling on a motorcycle when their vehicle was rear-ended by a white Mercedes car.

The collision knocked them off the motorbike, causing them to be unconscious. The victims were admitted to the hospital but later succumbed to their injuries.

The Mercedes car has its front damaged following the crash. Photo: Otofun
The Mercedes car has its front damaged following the crash. Photo: Otofun

The car driver kept on traveling towards Dai Co Viet Street and was eventually stopped by police officers.

The driver was identified as Le Trung Hieu, 39, who resides in Ba Dinh District. He has been held in custody since the predawn accident to assist the investigation.

Hieu claimed he had consumed alcohol prior to the crash.

A test also showed that his alcohol content was 0.751 milligrams per a liter of breath, while the Vietnamese traffic law promulgates that car drivers must have a zero alcohol level.

Further investigating is ongoing.

The Mercedes car has its front damaged following the crash. Photo: Otofun
The Mercedes car has its front damaged following the crash. Photo: Otofun

According to the National Committee for Traffic Safety, 137 traffic accidents occurred throughout the country from April 27 to May 1, the long holiday marking the Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1).

A total of 96 people were killed and 96 others injured as a result.

The average number of deceased victims during this period was 19.2 per day, a slight decrease compared to last year’s 19.75.

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