A truck driver from the north-central province of Nghe An has been arrested after he ran over a 16-month-old boy while reversing his truck and tried to cover up the accident by burying the toddler’s body.
The accident occurred in the coastal village of Quynh Phuong in Hoang Mai Town of Nghe An on Wednesday last week.
On the morning of that day, the victim’s parents took their son to his grandparents’ house so that someone would take care of the boy while they helped process seafood there.
Since the boy was later nowhere to be seen, his family members rushed to find him.
Upon inspecting footage from a neighbor’s surveillance camera, the family found that the toddler, who was playing on a road less than three meters wide in front of their house at 9:15 am, was run over by a truck carrying construction materials.
The driver, later identified as 33-year-old local Nguyen Van V., was filmed carrying the boy’s body to another site and used sand and gravel to cover up blood marks on the road.
It only took him one minute to finish hushing up what had happened and drive away.
|The site where a 16-month-old toddler was run over by a truck in Nghe An Province, Vietnam, April 22, 2020. Photo: D. Hoa / Tuoi Tre|
V., who was recognized by the boy’s family, was questioned about the boy’s whereabouts and he denied allegations against him. At the time, he even joined the family’s search for the missing toddler.
However, the family was able to follow the traces of blood left at the scene and discovered the boy’s body buried in a pit at a construction site adjacent to their house.
Local police officers were present at the time of the finding and arrested the truck driver on the spot.
“My grandkid was way too young and was just learning to walk. He was such an innocent child,” Th., the grandfather of the deceased, told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper.
Manslaughter resulting in one death is punishable by one to five years behind bars, according to the 2015 Penal Code of Vietnam.