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Vietnamese man handed 2-year jail sentence after fatal hit-and-run involving Canadian family

Vietnamese man handed 2-year jail sentence after fatal hit-and-run involving Canadian family

Saturday, September 23, 2023, 12:49 GMT+7
Vietnamese man handed 2-year jail sentence after fatal hit-and-run involving Canadian family
Ngo Duy Binh stands his trial at a court in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam, September 22, 2023. Photo: Tran Huong / Tuoi Tre

A court in Khanh Hoa Province, south-central Vietnam on Friday gave a jail sentence of two years on a man who had caused a fatal accident involving a Canadian family and then drove away from the scene.

The judge handed down the penalty to Ngo Duy Binh, a former banking officer of Vietcombank’s branch in Khanh Hoa’s Dien Khanh District, for “violating regulations on road traffic participation.”

According to the trial details, on March 3, 2023, Binh had lunch with his colleagues, during which he consumed beer. 

Later, at approximately 4:00 pm on the same day, when Binh was driving along Vo Nguyen Giap Street in Dien Khanh District, his car collided with a motorbike driven by Gelinas G., a Canadian national, carrying his wife D.T.V.A. and seven-year-old daughter Gelinas A. in the same direction ahead.

The impact of the collision killed the wife two days after her hospitalization while G. and their daughter were injured.

Despite being aware of the car crash, Binh did not stop and fled the scene in the car, eventually abandoning the vehicle in the parking area of a shopping center located on Tran Phu Street in Nha Trang City, the capital of Khanh Hoa Province.

It was not until the morning of March 7 that Binh discovered, via the media, that he “potentially” might be connected to the case. 

Subsequently, he went to the police station of Dien Khanh District to admit his involvement in the incident.

During the trial, Binh admitted that he had consumed “a mixture of mineral water and beer” and had “a sip” before driving, leading to the fatal accident.

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