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Public inquire about donations for driver who crashed into Ferraris

2018/12/18 21:43:33

Taipei, Dec. 18 (CNA) Police in New Taipei's Xindian District said Tuesday that they had received calls from several individuals conveying their desire to donate money to a young driver who plowed into four Ferraris over the weekend.

The calls were from members of the public inquiring about ways to reach the driver because they wanted to extend their financial help, the Xindian Precinct of the New Taipei City Police Department said.

Identified only by his surname Lin (林), the 20-year old delivery man was out on job at around 5:40 a.m. Sunday when he nodded off and crashed his vehicle into four parked Ferraris on a roadside near Danlan Suspension Bridge in New Taipei City's Shiding District.

(Lin and his mother)

There were no reported injuries, according to police.

Lin was given a breathalyzer test, which showed that his alcohol level was zero.

As of press time, the Ferrari owners could not be reached for comment.

According to technicians at the Ferrari dealership in Taipei, the total value of the four Italian supercars is over NT$60 million (US$1.9 million) and the estimated cost to repair the damage inflicted by Lin's van is somewhere around NT$10 million.

The incident has created a media frenzy, given the size of the repair bills and the fact that Lin comes from a single-parent family and had to drop out of college to help out his mother, who runs a small joss paper store in New Taipei's Shenkeng District.

(A Ferrari 488 GTB)

According to Lin's mother, her son works at a barbecue restaurant during the day and usually helps out delivering joss paper to customers in his spare time after work.

After the accident, Lin apologized to the Ferrari owners, saying that he will do everything he can to pay for the repairs.

The Xindian Precinct said it will pass on the contact details of those who called in about making donations to Lin.

Also that day, the New Taipei Social Welfare Department said that a special account has been created for members of the public who wish to make donations to help out Lin's family.

(By Lin Chang-shun and Ko Lin)