Man sentenced to 11 years for killing 4 in drunk driving accident

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A Ho Chi Minh City court on Friday sentenced a man to 11 years imprisonment for drunkenly driving and crashing into a car, killing four members of a family last year.

At around 10:40 p.m. on December 10, 2011, Nguyen Vu Thong, 31, drove a Toyota Fortuner drunkenly along Nguyen Huu Canh Street in District 1.

Thong drove fast and lost control of the vehicle. He crashed into a street barrier and encroached into a lane of traffic 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 Nguyen Chi Hieu, Lien's nine-year-old son.

Lien, Phan and Trung died four hours later at a local hospital. Hieu died two days after the accident.


Four family members dead in HCMC car accident

Minh sustained minor injuries.

Thong fled the scene and turned himself into police the following morning.

Thong was a driver for Dai Nam Viet Company. The car that caused the accident belonged to the company.

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