Drunk driver kills 2 while driving at high speed on wrong side of road in Taichung City

A man who lost his license for drunk driving last year, traveled at high speed on the wrong side of the road, crashing into a total of 8 vehicles, leaving two dead, in the early hours of the morning today, February 2, in Taichung City.

At around 4:00am, a 49-year-old man named Chen, drove his SUV on Guoguang Road section 2, in Dali District, for a distance of around one kilometer on the wrong side of the road. Traffic monitor footage shows the driver traveling at speed in the outer lane on the left hand side of the 6 lane road and hitting two scooter riders, a taxi, and parked vehicles. A total of five cars and three scooters were hit in the accident, and two people riding scooters died.

A 21-year-old man named Peng, and a 25-year-old woman named Zheng had no signs of life at the scene of the accident, and were both declared dead at the hospital after efforts to resuscitate them failed.

Chen was administered an alcohol breath test which showed a BrAC level of 0.81mg/l. Chen was charged with public endangerment and negligent death.

Chen was found to have been driving unlicensed after his driver’s license was revoked in November last year due to drink driving offenses in March. He claimed to have also taken sleeping pills and had no recollection of the accident.

Peng’s distraught father rushed to the police station after being informed that his 21-year-old son, a second-year architectural student, had died. Mr Peng had to be restrained from attacking Chen.

Ms Zheng’s boyfriend also showed up at the police station, almost collapsing in grief, according to United Daily News, and also had to be stopped from attacking Chen. Zheng and her boyfriend had planned to be married after the Lunar New Year holiday.

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Sources: United Daily News.

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