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  • Prosecutor Rules Dae Sung Not Guilty
  • [2011-08-30]
  • The Seoul Southern District Public Prosecutors' Office announced on August 29 that they had ruled that Dae Sung (real name Kang Dae Sung, 22), a member of the idol group Big Bang, was not guilty of the charges filed against him. Dae Sung had been sent to the public prosecutor’s office for accidental homicide as he had struck a motorcyclist with his car and killed him. The prosecutor conducted additional investigation and finally judged that there was no proof that the motorcyclist had been alive before he had been hit by Dae Sung's car, and the prosecutor also explained that there was still a possibility that the motorcycle driver had been fatally wounded from a serious crash into a streetlamp before the second accident.




    The motorcyclist had crashed into a streetlamp at Yanghwa Bridge while driving his motorcycle with a blood alcohol level of 0.186 percent right before he had been struck by Dae Sung's car and been fatally wounded from this crash. The prosecutor had received the case from Youngdeungpo Police Station and conducted additional investigation with a doctor who carried out an autopsy, witnesses, and Dae Sung, and they had analyzed the video recorded in a black box right before the accident. At a meeting with a citizens' committee held on August 25, all nine committee members agreed to a disposition not to institute a public action. The prosecutor said, "Considering the situation, it is acknowledged that Dae Sung had caused negligence by not keeping eyes forward, but it is difficult to relate his negligence with the victim’s death directly. According to the law saying ‘a doubtful case should be ruled in the defendant’s interest,’ we have judged the suspect not guilty.”

    Dae Sung was driving his Audi sedan at 80 kilometers per hour on Yanghwa Bridge on May 31 at around 1:29 am in the morning and struck Hyun (30), who was lying on the ground and whom he had not noticed lying there, and he had been indicted without detention according to the Act on Special Cases Concerning the Settlement of Traffic Accidents.

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