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Honduran ambassador says weekend accident was no hit and run

Honduran ambassador says weekend accident was no hit and run

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) Honduras Ambassador to Taiwan Rafael Fernando Sierra Quesada said Tuesday that he did not call the police immediately after a car accident on the weekend because he was trying to help the teenage Taiwanese scooter rider who ran into his car. Sierra, who took up the Taiwan post in January, said it was not a hit-and-run accident, as has been alleged. "We are here to follow Taiwan's rules," he said at a news conference shortly after giving a report to the police on the incident that occurred Sunday in Tamsui District in New Taipei City. Footage from a dashcam on the car driven by the ambassador showed the scooter appearing suddenly from behind another vehicle and going into a left turn then running into the ambassador's car at an intersection where Sierra's car had the green light. Sierra said he had erred by not calling the police immediately after the accident, but that was because he was trying to help the young scooter rider who looked nervous and afraid. Judging from his facial expression, the 15-year-old already knew he was at fault, Sierra told reporters. At the time, Sierra said, he told the teenager he should not worry and that it was not a problem if he could not pay for the damage to the car. "If you can't pay (for) my car, we will figure out something," Sierra said he told the young man, adding that he also gave the scooter rider the assurance that he would not sue him. "That's what I was trying to do," the ambassador said at the news conference. He said he remained on the scene for about 35-40 minutes with the teenager until his father arrived. "I did not want him to feel that I was gonna run away," Sierra said. The ambassador said he gave his card to the teenager so that the family could contact him. Sierra said he was not trying to run away after the accident, as the teenager's mother has reportedly alleged. Sierra said he had asked his embassy to report the case to police on Monday because a police report was required to file the damage claim with the car insurance company. The teenager was riding the scooter without a license and he violated the traffic rules when he made that left turn and hit the car, Sierra said, citing the findings of the initial investigation. The news of the accident surfaced Monday after the boy's mother posted some comments on Facebook, accusing Sierra of hitting her son and throwing a name card at him before driving away. "I am a little bit sad for what happened," Sierra said. The news has also appeared in his home country and it was falsely reported that he had hit the teenager and run away, he added. "We're waiting for the final report from the police," Sierra said, after giving his report to the Tamsui police. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-24 18:10 GMT+08:00