Charges dropped against fatal hit-and-run cop in southern Vietnam

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Police in the southern province of Binh Duong have dropped charges against a local police officer who fatally hit a man on a motorbike while driving a car, saying he was not at fault, VnExpress reported Friday.

The Thu Dau Mot town police concluded that Captain Le Quang Binh, 36, was not culpable since he was driving in the correct lane when the accident happened on October 20 while the victim was not.

Binh, who came under fire for not stopping after hitting Nguyen Huu Quan, 27, had merely "panicked," Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Nguyen Quoc Tuan, deputy chief of the Thu Dau Mot police, said.

Binh was driving a friend's car back to a party he had been attending when he hit a motorist.

He did not get out of the car, thinking it was a minor mishap, the police claimed.

But passers-by were outraged and chased him. It was when he was fleeing the scene that he hit Quan's motorbike.

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The officer, who was being chased by dozens of people, dragged Quan's motorbike for some two kilometers, they said. Quan died of his injuries two days later in hospital.

Pham Xuan Truong, chief of the Binh Duong police office, said though Binh would not face criminal charges, the department was considering action against him.

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