Bitte lest die unten angehaengten Artikel und ihr versteht, warum ich so sauer bin! Warum passiert so etwas?
2005 starb der Sohn meiner Kollegin Janet auf diese tragische Weise. Mit Hilfe seines Arbeitgebers konnte der Unfallverursacher das Land verlassen und wurde erst vor einigen Wochen in seiner Heimat verhaftet. Heute nun ist der Tag, an dem er in die USA zurueckgebracht wird und er seinen Prozess erhalten wird..
Ryan Dallas Cooks Eltern klagen die Hyunday Motor America an, dem Moerder ihres Sohnes die Flucht ermoeglicht zu haben.
Hit and run is something that happens all around the world every single day. We hear about it, we are shocked, but we also forget real quick because it does not touch us directly.2005 the son of my coworker Janet died this tragic death. With the help of his company the accused left the country. A few weeks ago they caught him in his country. He will be arriving today and the court proceedings start on Monday.Ryan Dallas Cooks parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hyundai Motor America, alleging that company officials helped Lee leave the country before he could be questioned by police.Please read the articles attached so you will understand why I am so pissed! How could this happen?
Artikel LA Times Online / 30. Januar 2009
Articel LA Times online / 01/30/2009
Former Hyundai executive extradited in 2005 hit-run death
Yuon Bum Lee fled to South Korea after the crash on the 55 Freeway that caused the death of motorcyclist Ryan Cook, authorities say. Lee could face 15 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
Police said the driver of the SUV was a Hyundai executive who had allegedly spent a long night drinking before hitting the road.
For three years, officials in the United States and South Korea looked for him.
On Friday, Yuon Bum Lee, 41, was extradited to Orange County after being arrested by South Korea officials in Seoul in December. He arrived at Los Angeles International Airport escorted by the U.S. Marshals Service.
"It's been a long, laborious process over the last three years to get to where we should have been the day after Ryan was killed," said Carlton Cook, the victim's father. "It won't bring back our son, but at least it will finish off something that should have been started a long time ago."
Cook said the family will be in court Monday, when Lee is to be arraigned. If convicted on all counts, Lee faces a maximum of 15 years in state prison.
Lee, a former personnel administrator at Hyundai Motor America, had been drinking with six colleagues at the Garden Grove Korean BBQ restaurant in October 2005, according to authorities. Police said the group later moved to a nearby karaoke bar, where Lee continued to drink before getting into a black company-issued Hyundai SUV just before midnight.
He later crashed into a concrete barrier in the southbound lanes of the 55 just north of MacArthur Boulevard in Santa Ana as he was heading to his Irvine home. The car was reportedly stalled in the carpool lane with its headlights extinguished.
Cook was heading home after practicing with his band when he struck the rear of the SUV and was thrown from his motorcycle.
The next morning, authorities said, Lee showed up for work and later headed with colleagues to Los Angeles so he could meet with a criminal attorney. Lee later asked a colleague who was driving to drop him off at LAX, according to police statements. Instead, uncomfortable with Lee's request, the driver told authorities that he pulled into a parking lot of a hotel near the airport, where Lee jumped out and hailed a cab.
Lee bought an open-ended ticket to South Korea and boarded a plane. Nine hours later, a vice president of human resources for Hyundai at the firm's Fountain Valley headquarters reported the incident to the Fountain Valley Police Department. Lee was later fired from his job.
Cook's parents, who live in Huntington Beach, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Hyundai Motor America, alleging that company officials helped Lee leave the country before he could be questioned by police. The civil trial is set to begin in June, said Wylie A. Aitken, the Cooks' attorney.
Hyundai America did not return calls seeking comment on the case, but officials have previously said the company had been cooperative throughout the investigation and had helped authorities search for Lee.