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Taiwanese student killed by drunk driver in South Korea, friends petition authorities

Video shows Tseng Yi-lin moment before she was fatally struck by inebriated driver in Gangnam

Tseng Yi-lin (MBC photo)

Tseng Yi-lin (MBC photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — South Korean TV station MBC on Friday (Nov. 27) released a video showing a female Taiwanese student in Seoul moments before she was killed by a drunk driver on Nov. 6 — just as her friends mounted a petition for a crackdown on driving under the influence.

The MBC video shows Tseng Yi-lin (曾以琳), 28, the daughter of Chiayi Hospital Anesthesiology Department Director Tseng Ching-hui (曾慶暉). When she is halfway across the road, she notices a car speeding towards her and stops, but the car does not slow down.

According to a police investigation, the accident happened in Seoul’s affluent Gangnam district. The driver was later detained by the authorities, CNA reported.

Tseng’s relatives and friends launched an official petition to the South Korean government on Nov. 23, calling for more severe criminal penalties for drunk drivers. The petition reached the threshold of 200,000 signatures on Saturday morning, which requires the South Korean government to respond within a month’s time.

(MBC video)