Journalist jailed for fatal road accident

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A Ho Chi Minh City court has sentenced a journalist to three years in prison for killing two people and injuring one while drunk last December.

The Go Vap District People's Court Friday convicted Nguyen Ngoc Thu, 49, deputy editor-in-chief of HTV magazine published by HCMC Television, for "violating traffic regulations" and "driving while under the influence" but considered some mitigating factors.

Nguoi Lao Dong (Laborer) newspaper quoted the judges as saying some other vehicles coming in the opposite direction had caused Thu to veer to avoid them.

Thu was driving a Toyota Lexus speeding according to the police on Go Vap's Le Duc Tho Street at around 8 p.m. on December 25.

When he reached the Le Duc Tho Pham Huy Thong intersection, he veered and crashed into the motorbikes of Nguyen Duc Thuong, 23, and Dao Ngoc Quang, 46.

Thuong had stopped by the roadside of Le Duc Tho Street, while Quang was driving his daughter Dao Hong Ngoc, 8, on his motorbike on Phan Huy Thong Street.

Thu only stopped after hit a pole in front of an eatery.

Thuong escaped with grazes but Quang and Ngoc died at the hospital later that day.

A breathalyzer found Thu having 0.468 milligrams of alcohol in a liter of exhaled air. In Vietnam, the legal limit is 0.25 mg.

Thu paid nearly VND1.5 billion (US$71,040) to Quang's family, who then wrote to the court and asked to drop the charges against him.

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