Philippine cyclist killed in drunk-driving hit and run accident in New Taipei City

A thirty-two-year-old Philippines national died after being hit by a drunk driver who fled the scene of the accident in Linkou District, New Taipei City this morning, Sunday, March 20.

According to reports in United Daily News, the deceased was one of four Filipino migrant workers employed at a factory in Luzhu District in Taoyuan City who were on their way to join a long distance road cycling race starting at Liao Tianding Temple in Bali District, New Taipei City.

At 4:27 am, on the West Coast Highway, a car hit the cyclist from the rear, sending the man flying into long grass beside the road. Paramedics arrived to find the man had already lost vital signs, and he was declared dead after being rushed to Mackay Memorial Hospital in Tamsui District.

The driver of the car that hit the cyclist abandoned his vehicle and fled from the scene of the accident. Police identified the owner of the vehicle as a 31-year-old man named Jian. Jian, accompanied by a friend, turned himself in at a police station at around 9:40 am. Police administered an alcohol breath test and found that 5 hours after the accident, Jian’s alcohol blood level still exceeded the legal maximum limit of 0.25mg/l.

Jian was sent to the New Taipei City District Prosecutor’s Office where he was charged with endangering the public, leaving the scene of an accident, and negligent homicide. The prosecutor set a bail of NT$200,000.

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