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Pop singer faces charges over fatal road accident

DRUNK DRIVING Shino Lin may face a maximum jail term of three years and a fine of NT$100,000 if found guilty of hitting and killing a nurse in Taipei, police said

By Rich Chang  /  STAFF REPORTER

Pop singer Shino Lin (林曉培) may face charges of involuntary manslaughter after fatally hitting a woman while driving under the influence, Taipei prosecutors said yesterday.

Police said that Shino Lin hit a woman riding on a scooter on Nanjing E Road in Taipei at around 5am yesterday.

The 41-year-old victim, surnamed Lin, died in hospital from serious injuries.

Police said the victim was a nurse who was on her way to work at a hospital.

As tests showed that Shino Lin had a blood alcohol concentration of 1.1mg per liter, far above the legal limit of 0.55mg, during the time of the accident, she may face charges of involuntary manslaughter and offenses against public safety, police said.

Shino Lin was released yesterday on NT$100,000 (US$3,000) bail.

Although the accident resulted in nurse Lin's death, Shino Lin faces a maximum of only three years in jail under the Criminal Code (刑法), along with a maximum fine of NT$60,000 (US$1,810).

Shino will also have her license revoked, police said.

However, the victim's family may file a civil case against Shino Lin and claim compensation of up to NT$10 million, they added.

Shino Lin was not only driving under the influence, but also without a license, Taipei District Prosecutors' Office spokesman Lin Jinn-tsun (林錦村) said.

Police were unable to question Shino Lin right after the accident because the pop singer was drunk, the spokesman said.

News footage broadcast by FTV, among other TV news stations, showed the family of the victim overcome by grief after seeing the victim's body in hospital.

The TV footage also showed a very distressed Shino Lin, saying: "I am sorry, sorry, I am so sorry," as she left the police station to meet prosecutors.

Shino Lin told reporters she would ask the victim's family to allow her to pay her respects to the deceased.

Shino Lin told police she did not see the victim because it was raining heavily at the time.

The pop singer took part in the rock music festival in Kenting and other rock concerts.

Media reports said Shino Lin used to work as a hostess in pubs before she became a celebrity.

Lin admitted that she had to work in pubs then because she needed the money to support her family.

Additional reporting by CNA

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