Korean man killed by Army captain’s car is identified
SEOUL — South Korean police have confirmed the identity of a man who was killed when he was struck by a U.S. Army captain’s car early April 19 near Yongsan Garrison.
The victim was 39-year-old Lee In-ju,a detective from the Yongsan-gu police station said. He said police were able to locate only an estranged older brother of the South Korean man.
Police said the driver, Capt. Justin Leblanc of the 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, was questioned in connection with the incident. The detective said the case would be forwarded to South Korean prosecutors.
The detective said investigation results indicate Lee was not standing at the time of the incident, which matches Leblanc’s statement that the victim was sitting in the street when the accident occurred about 4:50 a.m.
After spotting the man in the street while driving near the off-base Yongsan Electronics Market, Leblanc tried to brake but couldn’t stop in time to avoid hitting Lee, South Korean police have said.
The captain stopped a taxi driver, who called for help, and Leblanc attempted to offer Lee assistance, according to South Korean police and 8th Army officials.
Lee died en route to JoongAng University Hospital, according to Army officials.
The 8th Army commander, Lt. Gen. David P. Valcourt, expressed condolences for the accident.
Police have said they found no evidence alcohol was a factor in the accident.