Three reported dead after young unlicensed driver crashes on to Taipei sidewalk

Incident happened during evening rush hour on busy Nanjing East Road

Taiwan News
Date: 2018/10/11
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Three people were critically injured when a car hit them on a sidewalk on Taipei’s Nanjing East Road Thursday evening. (By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Three people died after an unlicensed driver smashed his car on to a sidewalk in a busy shopping area during the evening rush hour, media reports said Thursday.

There were conflicting versions of the incident, but media reported that the driver who caused the accident was about 21 years old and held no driver’s license, even though he was at the wheel of a rental car.

While some sources spoke of an accident, others said the man had been racing his Toyota against a white car on the bus lane on Nanjing East Road section 4, across the road from the Taipei Arena and close to Dunhua North Road, at around 5 p.m.

He lost control of his car, which hit the driver of a blue truck and his wife as they were loading recycling material, and a security guard at a nearby building before coming to a standstill between a pillar and the wall of a shop, the Apple Daily reported.

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