Former traffic cop faces charges for crash that killed 2 militiamen

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A car is severely damaged after a crash in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province last December. Photo credit: Dan Tri A car is severely damaged after a crash in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province last December. Photo credit: Dan Tri

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Prosecutors in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on Thursday said they have indicted a traffic police officer for crashing his car into a group of militiamen and causing two deaths last December.
Pham Hong Tuan, 29, a former officer of Chau Duc District’s Traffic Police Division, has been charged with "serious traffic violations," the prosecutors said.
Tuan allegedly crashed a four-seater car into nine militiamen who were patrolling a street in Ngai Giao Town at around 1 a.m. on December 5.
Ho Xuan Thu, 55, died on the spot while Van Son Dong, 38, died on his way to hospital. The other seven were injured.
Tuan reportedly was driving at high speed. When he tried to avoid a pedestrian crossing the street, he ran straight into the militiamen, who were standing by their motorbikes on the roadside.
The car and the motorbikes were badly damaged.
Authorities later found that the car, a BMW, used a fake license plate.
Tuan, who was arrested following the crash, told police that he borrowed the car from his friend, a traffic officer in the southern province of Dong Nai.
He said he came to HCMC, in his own car, with his wife and their newborn child to have the baby vaccinated on December 5.
His wife then drove the baby back to Ba Ria-Vung Tau, after dropping him in Dong Nai to pick up his motorbike at a repair shop.
As his motorbike had not been fixed, Tuan borrowed the BMW from his friend to drive home. 

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