DJ club under fire after fatal car accident in Gangnam
A young DJ is facing public outcry over her failure to take appropriate action after she hit a delivery driver with her Mercedes-Benz last weekend.
Club DJ Ahn, in her 20s, killed the 54-year-old delivery driver on his motorcycle in Gangnam, southern Seoul, at 4:40 a.m. on Saturday.
She drove an additional 100 meters before coming to a complete stop after the collision. The driver was declared dead, although he was taken to hospital.
Police determined that Ahn was intoxicated with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.08 percent, enough to revoke her license.
The delivery driver was reportedly a single father.
However, according to witness accounts reported by local media, Ahn took no action after the incident, including calling emergency responders. She simply pulled her dog out of the car and held him.
Posting in an online community, a witness claimed that the DJ was unresponsive with no facial expressions, be it fear or sadness.
The post also claimed she refused to cooperate with police when they tried to separate her from her dog, spoke unintelligibly and asked to speak to her mother on the phone.
On Monday, the court approved the custody order as it was deemed to be a flight risk.
She was charged with manslaughter by reckless driving, a crime that could land her in prison for three years.
The driver’s initial drug test was negative, police said.
However, to obtain more accurate results, the police asked the National Forensic Service to conduct a more detailed analysis.
Ahn reportedly denied taking illegal drugs.
Police said they are also considering charging the driver with additional offenses, including obstructing official duties.
The police added: “We will thoroughly investigate the suspicions raised.”
However, the penalty for not taking positive action after the incident is a maximum of five years or a fine of 15 million won ($11,310).
According to the legal community, even if the woman is convicted of not taking any action after the incident, her sentence will not be lengthened, unlike the United States, which adds years to the prison sentence for every felony committed.
“Ahn may not see a radical extension of her sentence,” lawyer Kim Ki-yeon told the JoongAng Ilbo.
However, the lawyer said that the court was likely to sentence Ahn to prison because she did not participate after the incident and merely petted her dog.
In a similar case in which a driver ignored an injured person in a traffic accident and left the scene, he was sentenced to two years in prison.
The driver, Jang, collided with a motorcyclist in August last year when he turned left in Dobong District, northern Seoul, at 3:30 a.m.
According to police, the driver remained at the scene for two minutes before stopping on the side of the road.
The driver then got out and looked at the fallen motorcyclist for 15 seconds and then fled.
The court sentenced the driver to two years in prison for not taking follow-up measures after the accident. However, Jang appealed last month.
The court’s sentence was one year shorter than the sentence proposed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
The victim remained in the hospital for eight weeks.
By Han Ji-hae, Kim Ji-ye (firstname.lastname@example.org)