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SEOUL — A U.S. Army captain who was driving to work early Wednesday morning hit and killed a South Korean man who was sitting in the middle of a street near Yongsan Garrison, according to Korean police and 8th U.S. Army officials.

Capt. Justin Leblanc, a member of the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, was driving about 4:50 a.m. when he came upon the man sitting in the street near the Electronics Market in Yongsan, according to Korean National Police, who are investigating the case.

Leblanc tried to brake but couldn’t stop his Hyundai Excel in time, according to senior officer Na Gwang-ju of the Yongsan-gu traffic investigation division.

The captain flagged down a taxi driver, who called for emergency help. Then Leblanc tried to offer assistance to the man, police and Army officials said. The man died en route to JoongAng University Hospital, an Army news release stated.

The man had not been identified as of late Wednesday afternoon. Police said he carried no identification and appeared to be in his 40s.

On Wednesday, the 8th Army commander expressed his condolences and “deep personal apologies” for the incident.

“On behalf of the men and women of the 8th U.S. Army, I offer our sincere apology and extend our deepest sympathy to the family and friends who have been touched by this unfortunate accident,” Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt was quoted in a written statement as saying.

Police said they found no evidence alcohol was a factor in the accident. Leblanc gave a description of the incident and was turned over to U.S. control. Army officials are cooperating in the matter, according to their statement.


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