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Indian driver turns himself in following death of Taiwanese student

2012/08/14 19:36:35

New Delhi, Aug. 14 (CNA) The police in India confirmed Monday that one of the two hit-and-run suspects who killed a Taiwanese student volunteer and injured five others in a car crash turned himself in last Friday.

Jagat Singh Hooda, the district police chief in the northern Indian city of Palwal, told CNA late Monday that the suspect, identified as Karambir Jat, was driving the car for the owner, who lives in Faridabad City, which is around 20 kilometers from the scene of the crash.

According to the police chief, there were two men in the car, including Jat and the car's owner, when the accident took place.

The driver was driving at around 100 kilometers per hour when he rear-ended the minivan, which was carrying one Indian national and six student volunteers from Taiwan and China, while trying to overtake the vehicle.

Hooda refused to comment if Jat was driving under the influence of alcohol or whether the car's owner was the second suspect in the case.

In the Aug. 8 accident, which took place some 60 km from Delhi on India's No. 2 national highway, Liu Yao-wei, a 24-year-old student from Chinese Culture University in suburban Taipei, was killed instantly.

Tsai Hsiang-ping, a student of Taipei-based Soochow University, sustained chest injuries and fractures to her leg in the accident. Three Chinese students also sustained injuries in the collision.

Tsai will be transferred from the intensive care unit to the general ward in two days, according to the doctor treating her.

It will be another 10-14 days before Tsai can be discharged from the hospital and return to Taiwan for further treatment, the doctor said.

The student volunteers were recruited by AIESEC, a global youth organization, to do volunteer work in Pune, the eighth-largest metropolis in India and the second-largest city in the western state of Maharashtra.

After concluding their volunteer program, they went on a tour of the Golden Triangle, one of India's most popular tourist circuits, comprising Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.

Before leaving India last Sunday, Liu's parents said the only request they made to the Indian police was that the suspect be apprehended as soon as possible.

(By Ho Horn-ru and Maia Huang)