American man gets three years in jail for fatal Saigon accident

By Hai Duyen   April 9, 2019 | 07:17 pm PT
American man gets three years in jail for fatal Saigon accident
The 41-year-old American man Shane Denoon was sentenced to three years in jail for causing a deadly traffic accident in Saigon last January. Photo by VnExpress/Hai Duyen
The HCMC court Tuesday sentenced an American man to three years in prison for causing a traffic accident that killed a woman.

Shane Denoon, 41, violated road traffic regulations and caused a deadly accident, the court ruled.

According to the indictment, Denoon was driving a motorbike on Nguyen Van Troi Street in Phu Nhuan District on January 27 this year when he crashed into a female cyclist traveling in front of him.

The woman fell off the road and died later from serious brain injuries.

Investigators said Denoon did not have a valid driving license and had drunk a lot of beer before causing the accident.  

Shane told the court that he didn’t remember what happened. When he woke up, he was already in the hospital.

Road crashes are a leading cause of deaths in Vietnam, with one person dying almost every hour. A total of more than 18,720 accidents occurred in 2018, killing 8,244 people and injuring nearly 14,800, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee.

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