Vietnam police likely to drop charges in fatal Rolls-Royce crash

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The scene of a collision between a Rolls-Royce and a motorbike that killed two people instantly in the central province of Nghe An on August 20. Local police have concluded that the motorbike driver was at fault. / PHOTO COURTESY OF VTC.VN

A businessman who drove his Rolls-Royce into a motorbike, killing two people in the central province of Nghe An last week, will likely be cleared of wrongdoing, after police concluded he was not at fault in the collision.

Tien Phong (pioneer) newspaper on Thursday quoted Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Nguyen Van Che, deputy chief of Nghe An Police Department's crime investigation division, as saying that their analysis found the motorbike driver was responsible for the accident on August 20.

Che said both vehicles were traveling in the same direction on the National Road 46 in Nam Dan District, when Tran Xuan Thach, the car's driver, tried to pass the motorbike on the left side.

But, when the car was some two meters from the bike, the bike rider "suddenly" turned left too quickly for Thach to avoid the accident, Che said.

"It was a case of force majeure, and the bike rider was at fault."

According to Giao duc Vietnam (Vietnam Education) newspaper, Senior Lieutenant-Colonel Le Khac Thuyet, head of Nam Dan District's police division, said in an interview that police will not file any charges if the motorbike driver was found to be at fault because he was dead.

The victims, identified as Dinh Van Hiep, 30, who was driving and Nguyen Van Cuong, 28, who was riding pillion when the accident happened.

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Thach, who owns a lumber company in Nghe An's neighboring Ha Tinh Province, bought the Rolls-Royce Phantom for nearly VND40 billion (US$1.89 million) in May last year, according to Lao Dong (labor) newspaper.

There are currently four special Rolls-Royce models in Vietnam that were produced specifically for Year of the Dragon 2012, the newspaper reported. Thach was the fourth person in Vietnam to purchase the luxury car.

There are 33 Year of the Dragon model Rolls-Royces worldwide.

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