Suspect in fatal hit and run case found dead of apparent suicide after fleeing the scene of the accident

A driver who allegedly fled from the scene of a fatal accident in Taoyuan City yesterday, was found dead in Yilan County last night, suspected of having committed suicide.

Police began an investigation into a fatal hit and run case after a woman was found without vital signs beside her badly-damaged motor scooter in the middle of an intersection in Dayuan District. The 23-year-old woman, named Liang, was rushed to hospital, but declared dead after arrival.

Police investigators accessed traffic surveillance camera footage which showed a white sedan cutting across double-yellow lines to execute a left turn, causing Liang to crash into the vehicle. A man was seen exiting the car for a brief time before fleeing the scene of the accident.

Police identified the owner of the car and began a search for a 69-year-old man, named Liao. At around 10:00 pm last night, Liao’s vehicle was found parked beside a temple in Su’ao Township, Yilan County. Liao’s lifeless body was found hanging in a sheet-metal building beside the temple. Liao was obviously dead, and was not sent to the hospital. A suicide note found beside the body expressed that he could not face the tragedy that had occurred earlier that day, nor was he able to compensate the victim.

sheet metal shed investigated by police
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