Elderly Drunk Driver Kills 2 Bicycle Riders

Two people who were riding bicycles in Lucao Township, Chiayi County yesterday are dead, after being hit by a car driven by a 72-year-old man affected by alcohol.

The drunk driver, Mr Chen, had attended a temple fair in Lucao Township where he consumed alcohol before heading back to Puzi City at around 1:30pm. At the approach to an intersection in Fengji Village, Chen slammed into two people riding bicycles from behind.

A 50-year-old woman also named Chen, and her 30-year-old son were rushed to local hospitals but the male was declared dead shortly after arrival, and his mother died at around 4:00pm.

An alcohol breath test on Mr Chen returned an BrAC level of 0.24mg/l. Chen claimed that he had only consumed one can of beer.

There were no skid marks on the road, leading police investigators to believe that Chen’s driving ability had been impaired and that he was too slow to respond to the bicycles in front of him.

After processing, Chen was handed over to the District Prosecutor to face charges of public endangerment and negligent death.

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Bicycles involved in a collision in Chiayi County, December 29, 2018.
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Mr Chen claimed that he had only consumed one can of beer at the temple fair.

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