Four family members dead in HCMC car accident

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A nine-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a car accident that took place in Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 last weekend succumbed to his injuries on Monday, bringing the accident's fatalities to four.

Nguyen Tri Hieu was rushed to hospital on Saturday evening with a broken leg and being in a coma. He died two days later.

Hieu lost his mother, grandfather and brother in the accident that took place at around 10 p.m. on Saturday on Nguyen Huu Canh Street.

A Toyota Fortuner traveling from Binh Thanh District to District 1 on the street crashed into the street barrier and encroached into the lane for vehicles traveling in the opposite direction, leading to a head-on collision with a Hyundai sedan.

Another Toyota Fortuner, driven by a man named Dang Le Minh, traveling on the road could not avoid the first Toyota Fortuner and crashed into it.

There were four people inside the Hyundai: Tran Thi Bich Lien, 40, Tran Van Phan, Lien's 75-year-old father, Nguyen Chi Trung, Lien's 16-year-old son, and Hieu, Lien's nine-year-old son.

Lien, Phan and Trung died four hours later at a local hospital.

Minh sustained minor injuries.


Nguyen Vu Thong, the 30-year-old driver of the Toyota Fortuner that caused the accident, fled the scene and turned himself into police at 9 a.m. on Sunday.

Thong confessed to police he had drunk beer and wine before driving and causing the accident. The car belonged to his company.

He could not produce his driver's license since it had been revoked by District 5's police for illegal parking.

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