Vietnam official gets suspended sentence for fatal car crash

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A court in the central city of Da Nang Monday awarded a nine-month suspended jail sentence to an official from a neighboring province for crashing his car into a woman and killing her last year.


Tran Quang Hien, 55, chief inspector of the Quang Nam Province Department of Health, was convicted for “violating driving regulations.”


On June 5 last year Hien tried to park his friend's car outside a restaurant on Nguyen Tat Thanh Street in Da Nang, and, while reversing from the sidewalk, crashed into two motorbikes traveling on the road.


Pham Van Hieu, 24, and Tran Thi Minh Nguyet, 27, fell off their motorbikes and sustained bruises.


Hien went on to crash into a motorbike driven by Nguyen Nhat Huyen Trang, 24, killing her on the spot.


Hien paid VND215 million (US$10,200) as compensation to Trang’s family. 

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