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Taoyuan mayor demands full probe after policeman causes fatal crash

Taoyuan mayor demands full probe after policeman causes fatal crash

Taipei, Jan. 3 (CNA) An off-duty police officer in Taoyuan hit and killed a motorcyclist with a car before fleeing the scene Thursday, police in the northern city said, leading Mayor Cheng Wen-tsan to blast the suspect Saturday as "inhumane" and not "fit to be a policeman" and called for a full probe into the accident. Lee Wen-yi, an officer at the Daxi police precinct in the south of the city, allegedly struck and killed motorcyclist Wang Chia-han at around 8 p.m. Thursday while driving in Luzhu District. He then abandoned his vehicle and left the scene on foot with his five-year-old daughter, who was in the vehicle at the time of the accident, security camera video showed.
Police suspect speeding may have been a factor in the accident. On Saturday, Mayor Cheng offered his condolences to Wang's family at Linkou Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, where they were paying their respects to the deceased. In a strongly worded rebuke, the newly elected mayor criticized Lee "for caring only about his daughter while disregarding the college student (Wang)" and for "failing to report the accident to the hospital nearby." "A cold-blooded and inhumane person like Lee is no longer fit to be a policeman," Cheng said. Deputy Mayor Chiu Tai-san has been tasked with convening a task force to look into Lee's whereabouts in the three hours prior to the accident. The mayor said he wants to know if Lee was driving under the influence, what happened in the 18 hours before he surrendered himself, and whether police or other agencies delayed handling the case to protect him. (By Chiu Chun-chin and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 22:40 GMT+08:00