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Traffic police officer confirmed as driver in fatal hit-and-run in southern Vietnam

Tuesday, July 09, 2019, 14:53 GMT+7
Traffic police officer confirmed as driver in fatal hit-and-run in southern Vietnam
The automobile driven by Major Thai Van Hung has its front damaged following the crash in the southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau on July 6, 2019. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre

An officer at a district-level traffic police unit in the southern Vietnamese province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau has been confirmed to be responsible for a deadly hit-and-run in the locality last weekend.

The officer has been identified as Major Thai Van Hung, 37, who works at the traffic police unit in Chau Duc District, Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, a district police official confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Monday.

According to preliminary information, the crash occurred along National Highway 56 in Chau Duc at around 10:20 pm on Saturday.

The deceased victim, local resident Duong Van Tot, was traveling on his motorbike when he was hit from behind by an automobile steered by Hung.

Tot, 54, was thrown out of his vehicle following the collision and died on the spot.

The police officer’s car continued to travel for a short distance with the victim’s motorbike stuck underneath before Hung made a complete halt.

The crash site is just a few hundred meters away from Tot’s house.

The victim’s son was among the bystanders and eventually recognized the motorcycle stuck underneath the car.

He asked Hung to back up his car to check whether Tot was trapped under the vehicle.

The location where the victim’s body was found. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre

The location where the victim’s body was found. Photo: Dong Ha / Tuoi Tre

As no one was found under the car, Hung drove away.

The son eventually found Tot’s body on the side of the road.

CCTV footage collected from local houses showed that the automobile was running at high speed prior to the crash.

The case has been transferred to the provincial police department for further investigation.

Police officials in Chau Duc District have also arrived at the victim’s house to express their condolences to the family.

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