Police officer on duty dies in traffic accident in Taichung City

A police officer riding a scooter while on duty in Taichung City, died after running into a car that crossed double white lines, yesterday, December 1.

The 39-year-old officer, named Han, was passing a gas station on Huanzhong Road in Xitun District at around 4:00 pm when a 25-year-old woman, named Chiang, drove straight from a left-turn only lane, and crossed double white lines to get to the gas station.

Han appears to have been unable to stop in time, and slammed into the side of the car.

Han suffered severe injuries to his head and chest, and was rushed to hospital. However, Han lost vital signs and was declared dead at around 1:00 am.

Han leaves a wife and 4-year-old twin daughters.

intersection and gas station showing left-turn only lane
Left-turn only lane and gas station.

During questioning, Chiang admitted having seen a vehicle approaching from the right. Chiang said that she wanted to get across the road first, so she accelerated.

Police handed Chiang over to the District Prosecutor’s Office where she was charged on suspicion of negligent homicide.

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