Former INSTAR Member and DJ Yesong Sentenced to 10 Years for Fatal Drunk Driving Accident in Gangnam
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Former INSTAR Member and DJ Yesong Sentenced to 10 Years for Fatal Drunk Driving Accident in Gangnam

Former INSTAR Member and DJ Yesong Sentenced to 10 Years for Fatal Drunk Driving Accident in Gangnam


DJ Yesong
Also known as Ahn Yesong, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for causing a fatal accident while under the influence of alcohol or drugs in Seoul’s Gangnam district.

On July 9, KST, a judge at the Seoul District Court Kim Ji-Young sentenced Ahn to 10 years in prison and ordered the confiscation of her Mercedes-Benz. Ahn was found guilty of dangerous driving causing death, leaving the scene of an accident, failing to act after an accident and driving under the influence of alcohol under the Act on increased penalties for certain offences and the Road Traffic Act.

The court noted that the victim testified that Ahn got out of the car immediately after the accident and pleaded:Do I look like I’ve been drinking a lot? Please forgive me this once..” The court noted that Ahn did not attempt to manage the accident or call the police.

Both road accidents were caused solely by the defendant’s negligence.“- explained the judge.The accidents were entirely foreseeable and could have been easily avoided had the defendant been aware of her surroundings, indicating a high level of offending.”

The judge also noted Ahn’s ambiguous testimony, noting that she denied providing aid despite evidence in the black box that showed she spoke to the victim at the scene.One may have doubts whether he really regrets it.“- added the judge.

Ahn was arrested and charged in February after driving her Mercedes-Benz under the influence of alcohol in Nonhyeon-dong, Gangnam. She struck and killed a delivery motorcycle driver, identified as Mr. A, while trying to flee after crossing the center line and colliding with another vehicle. Her blood-alcohol level at the time was 0.221 percent, far above the legal limit for a license to be revoked.

Public outrage erupted when details of the incident leaked online, most notably a photo of Ahn holding her dog instead of helping the victim.

During her final trial last month, Ahn expressed remorse, stating:I sincerely apologize to the victim who lost his life. I committed an unforgivable crime against the grieving family.”

Ahn’s lawyer asked for a lighter sentence, citing her exceptional talent in entertainment and her contribution to national prestige through overseas performances in China, Thailand and Taiwan. In addition, Ahn served as a promotional ambassador for the Seoul Jongno Police Station.

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