An expat English teacher suffered severe injuries to both legs today after being crushed against a concrete column by a car in Keelung City this afternoon, December 24.
The 24 year-old man, who’s nationality remains unspecified in Chinese language media, was leaning against the wall outside a convenience store when a car driven by a man name Zhou suddenly lunged out of a car park and slammed into him at around 2:00pm.
Video footage shown on TV news showed bystanders desperately attempting to push the car off the man, but struggling, as the car was wedged between two concrete pillars.
Liberty Times reported that the man’s right lower right leg was severely deformed and his left knee severely injured. Bones were exposed and a lot of blood was left at the scene.
China Times reported that orthopedic surgeons at Keelung Hospital said the man suffered severe open fractures of both lower extremities requiring complicated surgery. The patient was transferred to Tri-Service General Hospital in Neihu.
Police said the driver is 70 years-old, and was not drunk at the time. The driver had taken relatives and friends to Keelung for lunch and was leaving a car park when the car suddenly hurtled across the road and smashed into the arcade.
Police told media that they did not know if the driver had stepped on the accelerator or if it was a vehicle maintenance problem.
Apple Daily is the only Chinese language media source to posit a name for the hapless foreigner: DARRO JONAS ADAM, in all caps.
Police say they are still investigating the incident.