Cop jailed for road crash that killed 2, injured 7 in southern Vietnam

By Nguyen Long, Thanh Nien News

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Pham Hong Tuan, a dismissed traffic police officer, at his trial in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau January 12 for killing two and injuring seven in a road crash in 2014. Photo: Nguyen Long Pham Hong Tuan, a dismissed traffic police officer, at his trial in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau January 12 for killing two and injuring seven in a road crash in 2014. Photo: Nguyen Long

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A court in the southern province of Ba Ria - Vung Tau Tuesday sentenced a former traffic police officer to five years in prison for crashing a car into a crowd in 2014, killing two and injuring seven others.
Pham Hong Tuan, 30, was convicted of "violating road traffic rules."
Tuan, then a senior lieutenant in the Chau Duc District traffic police division in Ba Ria - Vung Tau, had borrowed the car from his friend in Bien Hoa town and was driving early in the morning on December 6 when he was passing an intersection in Chau Duc.
A car was severely damaged after a crash in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on December 6, 2014. Photo credit: Dan Tri.
He saw a pedestrian cross the street and tried to avoid the person, but tragically plowed into a group of militiamen who had gathered for a patrol.
Two of them were killed instantly, and four were rushed to a hospital with injuries.
Investigators were unable to determine if he had been driving under the influence or speeding.
The BMW sedan he was driving carried a fake license plate.

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