Carwash owner admits he drove customer's car, caused fatal crash in Hanoi

By Ha An - Minh Chien, Thanh Nien News

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The car hit a pedestrian and three motorbikes and only stopped after hitting a tree in Hanoi on February 29, 2016. Photo: Ha An The car hit a pedestrian and three motorbikes and only stopped after hitting a tree in Hanoi on February 29, 2016. Photo: Ha An

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A carwash owner in Hanoi turned himself in on Monday, taking responsibility for a crash that killed three people in Hanoi hours earlier, police said.  
Nguyen Quang Vinh, 39, has been detained for investigation after he told police that he took a customer's car for a ride and caused the fatal crash. 
Police confirmed that the driver was not a woman, as previously reported by the media.
The incident happened at around 7:30 a.m. when a Toyota Camry sedan driving on the wrong side of Ai Mo Street hit several motorbikes and killed three. 
The victims were Nguyen Thi Trung, 47, who was walking on the street, and Tran Viet Tien, 64, and his 6-year-old grand-daughter Tran Gia Han, who were on a motorbike.
At the police station, Vinh said he works as a security guard for Ba Dinh District Tax Agency and also runs a carwash service at home.
Nguyen Quang Vinh at a Hanoi police station on February 29, 2016 after causing the fatal accident in the morning. Photo credit: VnExpress
On Monday, a regular customer left the car there for a wash. 
Vinh and his niece, Nguyen Phuong Anh, 25, got in the car to play music.
He then drove the car to a nearby garage for a check, after seeing a blinking warning light, with Anh still in the car, he said.
“I was turning left into Ai Mo Street and driving on the wrong side. I lost my control and caused the accident,” he said.
Police found that Vinh does not have a driving license and might have been drinking before the fatal crash.
They are investigating the case.  
 

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