By Park Si-soo
A member of popular boy band Big Bang is responsible for the death of a motorcycle rider last month, police said Friday, unveiling the results of weeks-long investigation into a car accident involving the entertainer.
The conclusion is expected to force Kim Dae-sung, better know as Dae-sung in the entertainment industry here, to stand trial on charges of accidental homicide.
The motorcyclist died after being crushed by the 22-year-old singer’s car in an accident on Yanghwa Bridge in Seoul on May 31, the police said.
The deadly accident has dealt a devastating blow to the five-member band that has a strong fan base at home and aboard, particularly in Asian countries such as Japan, Thailand and the Philippines.
“Dae-sung was driving his car carelessly at the time of the accident. His car ran over the motorcyclist lying on the road at a speed of 80 kilometers per hour and this was the primary cause of the victim’s death,” said Kim Chi-kwan, a senior police officer at Yeongdeungpo Police Station, citing forensic and other investigative reports. “The victim was alive before being hit.”
The officer said the motorcyclist, surnamed Hyun, was lying on the road after ramming into a lamppost on the bridge.
“Despite the fact that he was wearing a protective helmet, the motorcyclist had sustained severe injuries to the head due to the collision. But we believe he was alive then,” he said.
The officer said police will hand the case over to the prosecution for further investigation.
Dae-sung has claimed he did not spot the man, an allegation supported by witnesses. His management agency, YG Entertainment, has raised the possibility that the man probably died as a result of the collision, citing images of his bloody head taken at the scene.
서울 영등포경찰서는 24일 양화대교 위에서 오토바이 운전자 현모(30)씨를 치어 숨지게 한 혐의로 그룹 ‘빅뱅’의 대성(22)을 불구속기소 의견으로 검찰에 송치할 예정이라고 밝혔다.
경찰은 이날 “국립과학수사연구원으로부터 현씨가 대성의 차에 치이기 전에는 다른 뺑소니 사고가 없었다는 부검 결과를 통보받았다”며 “종합적으로 판단할 때 대성의 차에 치여 숨진 것으로 보인다”고 밝혔다.
경찰 조사 결과 현씨는 지난달 31일 오전 1시 27분쯤 혈중 알코올 농도 0.186% 상태로 오토바이를 운전하다가 가로등 하단부에 머리를 부딪쳐 생명을 위협할 만한 정도의 부상을 입었으나, 현장에서 사망할 정도는 아니었던 것으로 밝혀졌다.
경찰은 “현씨가 도로에 쓰러진 이후 불과 2분여 만에 대성이 운전하던 아우디 승용차가 현씨를 치어 차의 밑바닥에 끼고 약 22.8m를 주행했으며 이로 인해 숨진 것으로 보인다”고 말했다.