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Driver to stand trial next month over fatal DUI crash in Ho Chi Minh City

Friday, May 31, 2019, 16:32 GMT+7
Driver to stand trial next month over fatal DUI crash in Ho Chi Minh City
The BMW car is damaged following the crash in Ho Chi Minh City on October 21, 2018. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A woman who caused a fatal crash while driving her BMW under the influence of alcohol in Ho Chi Minh City in October 2018 is expected to be tried in the middle of next month.

The People’s Committee in Binh Thanh District confirmed on Thursday it had issued an arrest warrant for Nguyen Thi Nga, 47, as preparation for her trial on June 17.

Nga, who is a resident in District 12, is charged for “violating regulations on road safety,” facing three to ten years in prison.

The trial will be presided over by Judge Pham Tuan Anh, deputy chief justice of the Binh Thanh People’s Court.

The accident happened on the night of October 21, 2018. Nga was driving a BMW on Dien Bien Phu Street in Binh Thanh District when she crashed into a group of motorcyclists stopping at a red light at the Hang Xanh intersection, killing one woman on the spot and injuring five others.

The vehicle only came to a complete halt after hitting another car.

A test showed that Nga’s breath alcohol content was 0.94 milligrams per liter, while the Vietnamese law states that car drivers must have a zero alcohol concentration.

The woman explained that 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.

She later admitted to consuming alcohol at a restaurant in District 3 prior to the crash.

Police officers initiated legal proceedings against Nga and arrested her on October 24.

She was released on bail in February this year and was required not to leave her place of residence.

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