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Drunk, unlicensed driver responsible for fatal crash in Vietnam: police

Monday, December 02, 2019, 16:02 GMT+7
Drunk, unlicensed driver responsible for fatal crash in Vietnam: police
Tran Khac Quang, police chief of Dong Hoa District, Phu Yen Province, reads a report of a car accident on December 1, 2019. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Police in the south-central Vietnamese province of Phu Yen have confirmed that the driver of a pickup truck which fatally crashed into a group of two-wheelers, killing at least four on Saturday, was drunk and does not have a car driving license.

Vo Duy Do, the 32-year-old pickup truck driver, had drunk beer at a local parlor on Saturday evening, according a report by Tran Khac Quang, police chief of Dong Hoa District in Phu Yen.

At around 7:00 pm that evening, Do left the venue and drove his vehicle along National Highway 29.

The man first rear-ended an electric bicycle ridden by 14-year-old Le Thi Tien before swerving into the opposite lane and hitting two motorcycles.

Nguyen Thi Bao Linh, 40, was carrying her daughter, five-year-old Nguyen Ngoc Thuy Tien, on one motorbike, while Huynh Chi Doi, 35, was carrying his wife Tran Thi Kim Loan, their five-year-old son Huynh Nam Duc Dong, and nine-month-old daughter Huynh Trinh Bang Tam on the other.

A pickup truck is damaged following a fatal crash on November 30, 2019. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

A pickup truck is damaged following a fatal crash on November 30, 2019. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

The crash killed Thi Tien, Linh, Thuy Tien, and Dong on the spot.

Loan suffered multiple injuries and was in a deep coma, while Doi had one of his cervical vertebrae and arms broken.

Tam only suffered minor scratches and is now in a stable condition.

Do apparently did not hit the brakes during the entire accident as officers did not find any skid mark on the road.

The pickup truck driver was taken into custody following the accident.

Khuat Viet Hung, deputy head of the National Traffic Safety Committee, attends the funeral of Nguyen Thi Bao Linh and her daughter, who were killed in a car accident in Phu Yen Province on November 30, 2019. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

Khuat Viet Hung, deputy head of the National Traffic Safety Committee, attends the funeral of Nguyen Thi Bao Linh and her daughter, who were killed in a car accident in Phu Yen Province, November 30, 2019. Photo: Duy Thanh / Tuoi Tre

His alcohol concentration was 0.74 milligrams per liter of breath.

Vietnam adopts a zero-tolerance law against drink-driving for car drivers as they are not allowed to have any amount of alcohol concentration in their breath or blood.

Do also lacks a driver’s license to operate cars, according to officers.

The pickup truck which he drove is owned by Le Van Construction and Commercial Company, whose legal representative is Do.

The man faces 7-15 years in prison for his violations.

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