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Man who killed motorcyclist in Taoyuan hit-and-run found dead in Yilan

09/26/2023 06:30 PM
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The scooter of the victim of the fatal accident in Taoyuan
The scooter of the victim of the fatal accident in Taoyuan's Dayuan District on Monday is left at the scene of the incident. Photo courtesy of local authorities

Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) A man who struck and killed a 23-year-old motorcyclist and then fled the scene in Taoyuan's Dayuan District on Monday has been found dead in Yilan County, authorities said Tuesday.

According to Taoyuan Police Department's Dayuan Precinct, the accident occurred at around 2 p.m. Monday as the 23-year-old woman, surnamed Liang (梁), was riding south on Section 1 of Huaxing Road.

As she made a left turn onto Hangcheng Road, Liang was struck head-on by a sedan being driven in the opposite direction by a 69-year-old man surnamed Liao (廖), the precinct said.

Surveillance video footage at the scene showed that after the collision, Liao stepped out of his car to check on Liang, but then got back in and drove off.

Liang was later pronounced dead at an area hospital after witnesses reported the accident to the authorities.

The Dayuan Precinct said that after examining the video, it was able to identify the driver and begin tracking his vehicle, which it ultimately located at Paotienshan Scenic Area in Yilan's Su'ao Township at around 10 p.m.

Liao's body was discovered not far from the parked car, in a sheet metal house next to a temple, the precinct said.

A police source, who requested anonymity, said there were no signs of a struggle at the scene and that a preliminary investigation had ruled out the possibility of foul play.

A handwritten note found near Liao's body mentioned the fatal accident, as well as his inability to pay compensation, and health issues he was suffering from, the person said.

Those in need of counseling or assistance can call the 1925 or 1995 hotlines for help.

(By Yeh Chen, Wang Chao-yu and Matthew Mazzetta)

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