Driver in deadly crashing spree says he had 'drinking party'

By Nhat Vy   November 13, 2023 | 12:11 am PT
Driver in deadly crashing spree says he had 'drinking party'
A car is taken to a police station for investigation after it hit a series of vehicles in HCMC on Nov. 12, 2023. Photo by VnExpress/Dinh Van
A driver who drove his seven-seat car into five vehicles in HCMCs Thu Duc City on Sunday, killing an 18-year-old girl, said he was having a drinking party.

Pham Cao Tri, 39, was detained by police of Thu Duc City on Monday to be investigated for violations involving a series of traffic accidents on Nguyen Van Tang Street. Blood tests revealed alcohol in his system, the police said.

Tri said he was having a drinking party with friends at a nearby apartment. Before the series of collisions, Tri said his car had already collided with another car so he could not control his speed.

The series of crashes happened at around 4:30 p.m. as Tri was driving in the direction from the Vinhomes Grand Park urban area to the Hanoi Highway in Thu Duc City.

When he reached an intersection, his car collided with two other cars running from the opposite direction, then rammed into three motorbikes, two on the road and one parked on the sidewalks.

The seven-seat car continued to knock down a wall of a beverage stall before stopping. The series of impacts killed the 18-year-old girl on a motorbike who was a college student, and injured two other people.

Tung, the owner of the house the car rammed into, said Tri walked out of the vehicle with tiredness on his face and showed signs of using alcohol. The driver was taken to a police station by locals.

Vietnam bans drivers from having any amount of alcohol. Violators will receive cash fines and license revocation, or face criminal charges if causing injuries to other people or death.

The moment a car crashes into a series of vehicles in HCMC's Thu Duc City on Nov. 12, 2023. Video by VnExpress/Nguyen Diep

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