A hairdresser has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for killing two people and injured seven others in a traffic crash in Vietnam's Central Highlands in October, which happened after she mistook the gas pedal for the brake.
The Ea H’Leo People’s Court in Lam Dong Province also ruled on Tuesday that Luu Thi Thanh Tuyen, 26, pay VND600 million (US$26,000) as compensation for families of the victims.
Tuyen had received her driving licence just two weeks before the accident on Oct. 20.
According to the indictment, Tuyen was driving her friends home in a Ford Everest SUV owned by Tran Thi Bich Lien from a party in Ea H'Leo District at around 4.30 p.m.
The seven-seater involved in the accident. Photo: Tuan An
She mistook the gas pedal with the brake, lost control of the car near the busy market of Ea D’rang in Ea H’leo, and crashed into four motorbikes traveling in front.
A three-month-old girl and her 65-year-old grandmother were killed instantly and seven others injured.
The car then climbed onto the pavement, bulldozing a fruit stall before stopping.
After the accident, Tuyen and Lien had voluntarily given families of the victims nearly VND200 million as compensation.