A bus driver was charged with professional negligence today after a scooter rider was killed on the Alishan Highway this morning, December 27.
At around 9:30am, Mr Zhang, 41, was driving a tour bus carrying Chinese tourists on the way to Mt Ali when he crossed the center line to overtake another vehicle, and slammed into a scooter traveling in the opposite direction.
The scooter rider, a 23-year-old university student name Zhou, was killed instantly by the high-speed impact.
Mr Zhou had rented the scooter to ride to Mt Ali to see the sunrise, and was on his way back to Chiayi City at the time of the crash.
Zhou was described as having his face caved-in, broken limbs, and having no vital signs at the scene of the accident. Zhou was rushed to hospital by ambulance but did not respond to resuscitation efforts and was declared dead at around 11:00am.
Mr Zhang told police that he had sped up to overtake a car in front of him and did not see the scooter until it was too late.
Investigators found that the bus had been traveling at around 80 kilometers in the 60 kilometer per hour speed limited zone at the time of the accident.
The accident occurred on a relatively straight section of the highway which has seen frequent accidents due to speeding. Police appealed to the public to slow down as the four day New Year Holiday approaches.
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