Police in Gia Lai Province have dismissed claims that two traffic officers caused three young motorists to crash and beat them as they lay injured in the road.
Tuoi Tre newspaper cited a police statement on Sunday from the Central Highlands province as saying that two mobile traffic cops did not push the motorists or hit them with batons as one of them had alleged.
The statement said the officers followed the three young men who were riding on a single motorbike without helmets. Vietnam’s traffic rules allow a maximum of two adults on a motorbike and require each rider to wear a crash helmet.
The officers allegedly asked the motorbike to stop but it sped up and crashed into a concrete divider.
All three were injured and rushed to hospital but Le Hoai Thuong, 16, the driver of the bike eventually died, according to the official account of the incident.
The statement did not name the officers involved, Tuoi Tre reported.
Tran Van Bac, 19, one of the two passengers, later claimed the officers had shoved their motorbike prior to the collision, beat them as they lay writing on the concrete and then failed to secure them medical attention.
However, eyewitnesses summoned by the police said they didn't see any beating and forensic tests failed to find any trace of an assault, according to the police report on the incident.
The officers’ uniforms were stained with blood, which suggested that they had carried the victims to hospital, it added.