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Additional fines in DUI death of NTUH trauma physician
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-08-06 11:06 AM
The New Taipei District Court added more fines Tuesday to the sentence given car salesman Chan Chen-shan for a DUI incident May 28 last year. Chan ran a red light while driving through Tucheng in New Taipei City and struck and killed Tseng Yu-ci, a physician in the Trauma Department at NTU Hospital in Taipei. Tseng was crossing the street shortly after midnight to return home after finishing a shift at NTUH. She was rushed to a nearby hospital in New Taipei City but was later declared brain dead and her family ruled against any heroic measures.

In March this year Chan was given a sentence of 5-1/2 years in jail for DUI and causing the death of a pedestrian. He was also assessed a fine of NT50.18 million to be paid to Tseng’s husband and parents. On Tuesday the New Taipei District Court imposed additional fines, ruling that Chan must pay compensation of NT$5.16 million to Tseng’s husband and NT$6 million each to her parents, adding up to additional payments of NT$17.16 million. Chan is eligible to appeal the additional fines.

Chan has said that after the incident he was unable to find steady work, doing only odd jobs. He sold his house for about NT$3 million, which he offered in partial payment for the compensation imposed by the court.

Tseng, who was 32 years old at the time of her death, was a physician in the trauma Department at NTUH and was responsible for long-term care of AIDS patients. She was working under Ko Wen-je, the former head of the department and currently the unified opposition candidate for mayor of Taipei City. Informed of the additional fines assessed in the case Tuesday, Ko lamented that no amount of money could bring back Tseng, saying that the important things is to prevent such accidents from occurring.

The Tseng Yu-ci Foundation has been established to commemorate Tseng’s life and years of service as well as to educate the public on the dangers of drinking and driving.

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