A 16-year-old boy riding a scooter died, and three people were injured, after the unlicensed rider ran a red light and hit a police car in the early hours of this morning in Sanxia District, New Taipei City.
The teenage rider, named Chen lost vital signs at the scene of the accident, and was later declared dead at the hospital. A pillion passenger named Su suffered a broken arm, and the two police officers in the patrol car, officers Sun and Huang, were injured by flying glass.
At the time of the accident, at around 1:00 am, the police officers were responding to a report that drag racers had gathered in the vicinity of Minquan Street and Hongyuan Street.
Traffic monitor footage showed the police car through the intersection with a green traffic light, and police lights flashing. The scooter ridden by Chen and Su is then seen going through the red light and hitting the side of the police car at high speed, sending the riders flying meters into the air.
The patrol car was knocked sideways by the impact and careered into roadside stalls, leaving the officers trapped in the car. The officers were not seriously injured and were able to call for support.
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