A year and a half ago, my friend Dallas Cook was killed in a fatal motorcycle crash after he ran into an immobile car–stopped, with its lights off–in the carpool lane of a major California highway. The driver of the car was allegedly asleep and drunk at the wheel. He was also an employee of Hyundai visiting from Korea, and after causing the accident, was mysteriously whisked off by his company compatriots and on a plane to Korea within 24 hours.
The LA Times reported last week:
“The family of a professional musician killed in a hit-and-run accident in Orange County filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Hyundai Motor America, alleging that company officials helped one of their colleagues leave the country before he could be questioned by police.
Wylie A. Aitken, an attorney representing the victim’s family, said surveillance tapes from Los Angeles International Airport show that Hyundai employees helped Youn Bum Lee become a fugitive, contradicting statements they made to police investigating the crash…
…Cook, 23, was killed in October 2005 when his motorcycle slammed into Lee’s disabled car on the Costa Mesa Freeway. Lee, who had been drinking with colleagues shortly before the crash, left the scene and was on a plane to his native South Korea less than 24 hours later, according to police and court records.
Lee was charged last month in absentia with felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated; driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs with injury; and hit-and-run with injury or death.
Cook’s family wants other Hyundai employees held criminally responsible for obstructing justice and being accessories after the fact.
At a bit of a loss for words, I have only a few: FUCK YOU, HYUNDAI.
Read the full story here.
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