Story By: John Feng, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Asia Wire Report
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This is the moment an alert father saves his two children from a 93-year-old driver as he loses control of his Mercedes-Benz and almost hits them as he crashes into a metro station.
CCTV camera footage from Beitou District in Taiwanese capital Taipei shows the two kids and their parents crossing a road and preparing to walk in front of a car park entrance when the pensioner’s silver Mercedes-Benz speeds at them.
In the video, the dad can be seen acting quickly to hold his children back as the Mercedes-Benz C200 rushes past them and disappears out of camera shot.
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The 93-year-old, surnamed Hou, then drove his Mercedes-Benz up the steps of Taipei Metro’s Qilian station, stopping by Exit 1.
The vehicle was badly damaged although no pedestrians were hurt, and the the police say Hou was not seriously injured.
He was taken to Cheng Hsin General Hospital for treatment shortly after the accident on 17th February.
Authorities who are now investigating the crash say Hou admitted to mistaking his accelerator for the brake while driving out of the car park of the residential building where his son lives.
In 2016, Taiwan introduced a law making it mandatory for all driving pensioners born after 1st July 1942 – or aged 75 – to undergo eyesight, colour blindness, hearing and agility tests every three years.
The police say Hou was already over the age – though still driving – when the amendment was introduced, so he did not break any laws by not taking part in the tests.
Members of the public have called for Hou to be stripped of his driving licence.
‘Chen Sheng-han’ wrote: “Why not introduce an upper age limit for driving? Ban all drivers over the age of 70 and subsidise their transport. What if he had crashed into a metro station and killed numerous people? The old man would fear no consequences. Who would the victims’ families turn to then?”