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Teen apologizes to ambassador over crash accusations

Staff writer, with CNA

A teenager involved in a scooter accident on May 17 offered a public apology on Monday to Honduran Ambassador Rafael Fernando Sierra Quesada for falsely accusing him of being at fault in the incident.

The mother of the teen, who is underage and was driving without a license, also issued a statement of apology to Sierra.

Sierra was pictured with the teenager and his mother after accepting their apology.

He said he would not claim compensation for damage caused to his vehicle.

The news of the accident surfaced after the 15-year-old’s mother, who lives in New Taipei City’s Tamsui District (淡水), posted on May 18 on Facebook that her son was hurt after he was hit by a car bearing a license plate reserved for ambassadorial vehicles.

The Facebook post also showed a photograph of Sierra’s business card and claimed that Sierra threw his business card at her son before driving away from the scene of the accident.

Sierra denied allegations at a news conference the following day that he had been involved in a hit-and-run collision with the child.

Sierra, who took up his post in January, said it was not a hit-and-run accident.

Sierra said he remained at the scene for about 40 minutes with the teenager until his father arrived.

“I did not want him to think that I was going to run away,” Sierra said.

Sierra said he did not call the police immediately after the accident because he was trying to help the rider, who he said rode into his car.

Footage from a dashcam on the car, which was being driven by Sierra, showed the scooter appearing suddenly from behind another vehicle, making a left turn and running into the ambassador’s car at an intersection with a green light showing for Sierra.

The ambassador said he gave his card to the teenager so that the family could contact him.

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