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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — An elderly South Korean woman died Thursday after she was struck by a car driven by an American contractor whose firm does business with the U.S. military in South Korea, authorities said Friday.

The victim, 75-year-old Kim Young-soon, was struck about 7:10 a.m. near the Kum Hwa elementary school in Seoul’s Mapo Gu section, according to South Korean news reports that quoted local police.

She was rushed to a nearby hospital and at noon was pronounced dead, according to the Web site of YTN, a South Korean news organization. Kim died of excessive blood loss, the report said.

The Yonhap news agency quoted South Korean police as saying the woman had been jaywalking.

The motorist, George Yang, is an employee of Thomas J. Davis, Inc./Jung Il Associated. The company is an architectural, engineering, planning and consulting business that holds contracts with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Far East District in Seoul.

Yang works at the company’s offices inside the FED compound in Seoul’s Ulchi-ro district, the company said.

The company issued a news release Friday stating that Yang and his family extend their “most sincere apologies” to the woman’s family and friends.

The release said Yang has lived and worked in South Korea for eight years “and is cooperating fully with the Korean National Police investigation.”

Hwang Hae-rym contributed to this report.


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