Police identify mysterious car’s owner in fatal accident

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Police have identified the owner of a BMW sedan with a fake license plate that a police officer drove into a crowd, killing two and injured eight others last month.
Online newspaper VnExpress quoted police of Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province as saying on Saturday that the black four-seater car belonged to a woman who was living in Ho Chi Minh City.
Its papers were being mortgaged at a bank, the report said, adding that the provincial authorities have asked the owner, whose identity was not revealed, to meet them to clarify the car’s origin.
On December 6, Pham Hong Tuan, an officer with Chau Duc District’s traffic police department, crashed the BMW into a group of 13 militiamen who were gathering by roadside in Ngai Giao Town to prepare for a joint-patrol.
The accident, which happened around 1 a.m., left the luxury car and a number of motorbikes severely damaged.
The sedan was carrying a Hanoi-registered license number at the time. The number, however, was found to have been registered for a four-seater Toyota Camry owned by a woman in the capital in 2011.

The BMW sedan is badly damaged after crashing into a group of militiamen on patrol, killing two and injuring seven others on December 6, 2014. Photo: Nguyen Long
Tuan, who was arrested following the accident, 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 with his wife and their newborn baby for vaccination on December 5.
His wife and baby then got back to Ba Ria-Vung Tau, while he dropped by Dong Nai’s Bien Hoa town to get his motorbike SH which was being fixed in a local repair shop.
As his motorbike had not been fixed, Tuan borrowed the car to drive back to the province.
The investigation continues.

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