TransAsia chairman flees scene after causing crash

TransAsia chairman flees scene after causing crash
TransAsia Airways Chairman Vincent M. Lin

TAIPEI - TransAsia Airways (復興航空) Chairman Vincent M. Lin (林明昇) was officially summoned yesterday by police in connection with a road accident involving a motorcyclist on March 14.

Video footage showed Lin's Porsche making an illegal lane change in an attempt to overtake another vehicle. Lin's actions caused a motorcycle in the opposite lane to swerve out of control.

The motorcyclist sustained multiple injuries. Lin did not stop his vehicle to examine the scene or the injured motorcyclist.

After the incident was reported, TransAsia initially refused to comment on a matter "not pertaining to official business."

Lin subsequently released a statement yesterday evening saying he was prepared to co-operate with authorities while expressing his apologies to the injured motorcyclist.

Lin became TransAsia's chairman in 2010. On Feb. 4, TransAsia Flight 235 suffered an engine failure after takeoff and crashed into the Keelung River near Taipei, killing 43 of the 53 passengers and five crewmembers.

It was the airline's second fatal accident within seven months.

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