Daesung’s Car Accident.
Big Bang’s Daesung was involved in a car accident and is currently under investigation. On the 31st, at around 1:40am in Seoul, Big Bang’s Daesung was driving in an Audi and hit a Taxi Car in front of him. Information about a motorcyclist that was pronounced dead at the scene was also released. Daesung is currently under investigation at the Youngdong Police station for possible drunk driving.
[Taxi Driver On-Scene Testamony]
According to the police taxi driver Mr. Kim (64) was driving from the north end of Yanghwa Bridge towards the south end when he spotted Mr. Hyun (30) who had passed out. He parked his car in front of Mr. Hyun and was examining his surroundings when Daesung’s Audi, which was going at 60km/hour, hit the back of the taxi that hit the driver.
Following the reports of Big Bang’s Daesung’s car accident, YG Entertainment officials have followed up with an explanation of what happened at the scene.
On May 31st, officials spoke through Star News and revealed, “Daesung is in great shock and sadness over an accident that he could not avoid. He burst into tears due to his concerns for the injured party.”
At 1:40 AM KST, Daesung had crashed into a taxi that was ahead of him. Fortunately, the taxi driver was not reported to be injured. According to YG Entertainment, the taxi was swerving in and out of the two lanes before quickly braking at a downhill road, which resulted in the accident.
Officials continued, “Immediately after the accident, Daesung got out of the car and headed straight for the taxi driver. After asking how he was, the taxi driver said, ‘That isn’t the problem right now.’ There was a motorcyclist already bleeding in the lane, which led the taxi driver to swerve out into the second lane in order to avoid hitting him, before making an abrupt stop.”
Investigations are currently being held as to whether the motorcyclist was killed by a hit-and-run, and whether Daesung’s car collided with him at all. It has been confirmed, however, that the motorcyclist was pronounced dead. Investigators are currently awaiting autopsy results in order to see whether he was already dead prior to Daesung’s accident, or whether his death was connected to him.
[ UPDATE #2]
The Korean media is reporting that as of 6:50AM KST, Daesung has completed five hours of investigations with the police, and is making his way home.
The star was described to have worn a black hoodie over his face while leaving the police station with his manager.
Police commented, “Daesung was overwhelmed with the accident today, but he diligently took part in the investigations.”
The police confirmed that the taxi driver and Daesung’s report is consistent with what they saw through the taxi’s black box screen and explained that the taxi driver and Daesung both were not under the influence after surveying blood alchohol levels.
Daesung said to the police “I suddenly saw the car and I felt something clattering”
Police officials said, “The exact cause of the death of the driver of the motorcycle is still unknown. Depending on whether the driver died as a result of Daesung’s accident, the charges to Daesung will vary.”
The police investigating this case also revealed that an autopsy is being scheduled in order to determine the exact cause of the motorcyclist’s death.
The Seoul Youngdeung-Po Police Department has released an official statement on May 31st about Daesung’s role in the car accident, stating, “Daesung has violated his duty to drive safely.”
The police explained: “At 1:28AM, Daesung was driving in the first lane from Hapjeong-dong in the direction of Yangpyung-dong on a 4-lane road. He was driving at 80km per hour (speed limit is 60km/h) and crashed into a stopped taxi after driving over a motorcyclist who was passed out on the street.”
They continued, “We will carry out a more detailed examination by monitoring the CCTV collected around the accident site, as well as gathering eyewitness reports and understanding the path of the motorcycle. We have requested an autopsy on the victim from the National Institute of Scientific Investigation.
Meanwhile, Lee Hyori tweeted her worries, “I know that Daesung always blames himself for everything even though it’s not his fault, thus I’m more saddened and worried for him.”
As Daesung’s car accident continues to be investigated, the taxi driver that was rear-ended by the Big Bang star revealed that Daesung had in fact been driving at 60km/h. A police statement previously asserted that Daesung was driving at 80km/h, but YG Entertainment has spoken out and argued that there are many different factors to this incident, and that it should be regarded as a complex case.
On May 31st, a YG Entertainment representative stated,
“The taxi driver who was rear-ended by Daesung has said that Daesung had not been driving that fast; he said that he felt he had driven at about 60 km/h. Although Daesung was the one who told the authorities that he was driving at 80 km/h, this was said while he was in a state of great shock and confusion.”
The site of the accident is on a downhill slope – isn’t it normal for most drivers to not have their foot on the accelerator while driving downhill? Therefore, in order to find at what speed Daesung was driving at, there must be an on-site investigation.“
Previously, the Seoul Youngdeung-Po Police Department stated,
“Daesung violated the rules for safe driving by not being able to see in front of him while driving at 80 km/h. If Daesung had in fact been driving at 80 km/h (where the speed limit was 60 km/h), it would be considered to be a speed limit violation. However, because that figure was part of Daesung’s testimony, in order to find out exactly how fast he was going, more investigation needs to be done.“
Meanwhile, the police are examining the accident in great detail, combing through certain facts like how the motorcyclist was already bleeding before Daesung’s accident, leading to a theory of a possible prior hit-and-run. According to the police, Daesung seemed to have not seen the motorcyclist because he was scrambling to brake when he saw the stopped taxi in front of him.
It’s been revealed that Daesung hadn’t been driving under the influence and that the taxi driver did not sustain any major injuries. After the accident, Daesung and the taxi driver underwent five hours of investigation by the authorities before returning home.
At the police station, Daesung said, “There was one car behind the taxi in the first lane. When both cars suddenly moved to the second lane, I couldn’t avoid hitting the taxi that had returned to the first lane to stop.”
The police revealed, “We plan to find the cause of the motorcyclist’s death. In order to determine if the motorcyclist had died due to Daesung’s car, we had requested a detailed analysis from the National Institute of Scientific Investigation and have obtained the CCTV footage from the area. We plan to investigate this scientifically.
When the motorcycle was found, it found standing more than 10m away from the motorcyclist. Whether this was due to a hit-and-run or another previous accident will be investigated with the Highway Department.”
It appears that results of the motorcycle analysis will take up to 7-10 days.
Daesung has received much shock due to this accident. A YG representative revealed, ”After finishing the police investigation at 7AM, Daesung has returned to his dorm with his manager.”
YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk said, “We will continue to follow the results that the police investigations reveal regarding the accident. Currently, Daesung’s distress is not due to his mistake, but due to his sorrow for the motorcyclist who died due to an accident.”
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On June 2nd, YG Entertainment’s Yang Hyun Suk updated the YG-Life blog with his thoughts on Daesung’s car accident. He also discussed 2NE1’s upcoming release and “YG ON AIR“. His message reads:
“2NE1’s new song release, as well as this week’s ‘YG ON AIR’ broadcast has been postponed for a week. We would like to apologize for not being able to alert our fans of this earlier, as it was a decision made under emergency circumstances. We ask our fans for their understanding.
With regards to news of Daesung’s car accident, we would to first and foremost like to send our deepest condolences to the deceased and his family members. We pray that he rests in peace.
I know that Daesung is the type to always blame himself for everything that goes wrong, so I was very worried about Daesung’s condition after the accident. Just as I expected, he was holed up in his room, refusing to even talk to his family members.
No matter what I say, I know that it cannot console him, but I visited his dorm in the early morning and told him, ‘Daesung, if I was in your position, it would have been hard for me to avoid it as well.’
I did not say that simply to console him, but because it is truly how I feel. At the time of the accident, the managers received emergency notification and arrived at the scene within 20 minutes. They were able to observe the scene of the accident.
To briefly describe what happened, at 1:30 AM KST on May 31st, it was raining and a victim of another accident was lying on the road. A car ahead of Daesung discovered the victim and quickly swerved off the lane, but Daesung was unable to avoid hitting the taxi that was stopped at the front, resulting in a collision.
Because it was so sudden, Daesung did not know even after the collision that there was a motorcyclist on the scene. Though the taxi driver estimated Daesung’s speed to be at 60km/h, Daesung testified that he was driving at 80. The truth will be discovered through CCTV evaluations and police investigations; yet because the taxi driver has long-time driving experience, and because people don’t accelerate on downhill lanes, in addition to the fact that there was a turn at the end, I feel that the taxi driver’s estimation is closer to the truth.
I know that the pain Daesung is going through is incomparable to the agony that the victim and his family are undergoing, but what I am most worried about is that this will bring about serious psychological trauma that will last months, years, or maybe an entire life-time. What I am most upset about is that Daesung had also been in an accident prior to this in 2009, where he had almost lost his life. That shock still has not worn off, and he has suffered yet another shocking accident. Maybe well into the future… but this might be the most difficult time for Daesung. I honestly hope that accurate investigations will be carried out so that the weight Daesung is carrying can be lifted free. Thank you to all of you who are worrying over Daesung. I would like to once again send my deepest condolences to the victim and his family.”