Korean sentenced to 8 years in prison in DUI death of Taiwanese

Taipei-A 52-year-old South Korean driver, accused of killing a Taiwanese pedestrian in a drunk driving accident in Seoul last year, was sentenced Wednesday to eight years in prison, according to Korean media.

South Korean prosecutors had been seeking a six-year sentence, but the court on Wednesday gave the driver eight years in prison for killing Taiwanese PhD student Elaine Tseng (???) in the road accident, Yonhap News Agency (YNA) reported.

In the court’s ruling, it said the driver was a third-time DUI offender.

Tseng, a 28-year-old student at Torch Trinity Graduate University in Seoul, was walking home from a professor’s residence on Nov. 6, when she was hit by a vehicle that had ran a red light, the report said.

The student’s father Tseng Kin-fui (???), an anesthesiologist at Chiayi Hospital, said in a video Wednesday that he was not satisfied with the sentence but would accept it.

Tseng Kin-fui said he hoped the ruling would send a message to other drunk drivers and prevent the destruction of other families.

With tears in his eyes, he called for action to be taken in South Korea to address the problem of drunk driving.

Tseng’s mother Shih Ching-yu (???) also appeared in the video, saying that while nothing can bring back her daughter, she hoped people would remember the case and avoid making the same mistake as the drunk driver.

After Tseng’s death, her parents and one of her South Korean friends launched a petition on the Korean Presidential Office website, calling for harsher DUI penalties.

In response, Song Min-hun, deputy commissioner general of the Korean National Police Agency, said on Dec. 7 that the agency had a zero tolerance policy for DUI offenses.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel