American involved in fatal rc glider accident released on bail: exit restricted

An American man who lost control of his remote-controlled glider during an international competition in Kenting National Park, resulting in the death of a woman yesterday, was released on bail while being investigated on charges of negligent homicide. [Correction: November 5, 2019. Previous report said “Charged with negligent homicide].

See previous story: Woman killed by remote controlled glider: American taken in for questioning 

David Cortina, 57, was held in custody overnight after refusing to make a formal statement without consulting a lawyer. After contacting the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), a lawyer was appointed, and Cortina completed a formal statement at the police station this morning, November 3.

In the statement, Cortina admitted to have been operating the glider in a competition event when he lost sight and control of the glider. The statement emphasized that there was no intention to harm or injure, and that he was extremely sorry about the accident.

Cortina was then transferred to the Pingtung District Prosecutor’s Office. Pictures and video published by Taiwan media outlets showed Cortina in handcuffs and escorted to a patrol car by two police officers. While under escort, a female reporter approached Cortina and asked in English, “Do you have anything to say to the victim’s family?”

“I’m extremely sorry.” Cortina replied.

In the afternoon, Cortina faced prosecutor’s for investigation into possible charges of negligent homicide. [Correction: November 5, 1019. Previous report said “face charges of negligent homicide]. Prosecutor’s set a bail of NT$200,000 (US$6,565), and prohibited Cortina from exiting the country while awaiting trial. Cortina was ordered to hand over his passport. Prosecutors also ordered Cortina be restricted to his residence.

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