TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After a young Taiwanese deliveryman dozed off and crashed his van into four Ferraris worth NT$50 million (US$1.6 million) on Sunday (Dec. 16), 122 members of the public have come forward to help him pay the estimated NT$12 million repair bill, reported Apple Daily.
While delivering goods in New Taipei City's Shiding District at 5 a.m. Sunday morning, a 20-year-old man surnamed Lin (林) nodded off and smashed his van into four Ferrari sports cars parked on the roadside. The total value of the four Italian supercars is over NT$50 million, and the estimated cost to repair the damage inflicted by Lin's van is more than NT$12 million, but his insurance only covered injuries not damages.
The young man's plight has drawn the sympathy of many people, and as of 1 p.m. yesterday (Dec. 20), the New Taipei City Social Welfare Department had received 122 donations totaling about NT$810,000 since Dec. 18. The department said that people from all walks of life had come forward to help out.
The largest donation was NT$200,000 given by a man surnamed Chen (陳) yesterday. Others have donated amounts as small as NT$100 to express their support.
On Sunday, after finding out about his plight on the news, a 48-year-old man surnamed Mai (麥), who runs a paint importing business, came forward to offer to help out Lin with some of the repair costs, reported UDN. After receiving news from police that Mai was offering to help him pay some of the expenses, Lin reportedly broke down in tears.
On Monday (Dec. 17), an Australian exchange student surnamed Chen (陳) came to the store run by Lin's mother and donated NT$50,000 in a red envelope to help the family cover some of the costs, reported TVBS. When he donated the money, Chen told reporters, "I'm as young as he is now and I have the means, so decided to help them out."
The New Taipei City Social Welfare Department said those wishing to donate to the Lin family, can do so through a special account it has created titled "The New Taipei City Social Welfare Department Relief Association Special Account" (新北市社會救濟會報專戶). The account number is 027038002803 and is through the Bank of Taiwan, Banqiao Branch (台灣銀行板橋分行),
Donations can be sent through the post office or banks, and under the column titled "Purpose of Donation" (捐款用途), write in Chinese 1071216石碇車禍案 (1071216 Shiding Car Accident). The Social Welfare Department said that to receive a receipt, fill out a remittance receipt form (回傳匯款單) and fax it to 02-89510469 or 02-29666556. Those in New Taipei City can directly dial 1957, 29603456 #5684.