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Area II emergency responders winch a taxi upright after it flipped June 16 on the 8th Army overpass connecting parts of Yongsan Garrison in South Korea. The driver has been ticketed for three violations.

Area II emergency responders winch a taxi upright after it flipped June 16 on the 8th Army overpass connecting parts of Yongsan Garrison in South Korea. The driver has been ticketed for three violations. (David McNally / U.S. Army)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The U.S. military ticketed a South Korean taxi driver in connection with an on-base June 16 accident in which his vehicle flipped upside down on the overpass connecting main and south post, sending the driver and his passenger to the hospital.

He was cited for inattentive driving, failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle and failure to wear seat belts, according to an e-mail response from 8th Army officials.

He will be assessed points for each violation. According to U.S. Forces Korea Regulation 190-1, anyone accumulating 12 points in 12 consecutive months or 18 points within 24 consecutive months can have driving privileges suspended or revoked.

It was not immediately clear Monday how many points the driver would be given.

“The determination to suspend his driving privilege will be made by his chain-of-command,” the 8th Army e-mail said.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service contracts Yongsan base taxi service to the World Arirang Tourism Co.

Arirang officials on Monday identified the driver as Ji Hui-gyeong.

Betty O’Brien, AAFES general manager for Area I and Area II, said Monday that the investigation results would be sent to her headquarters in Okinawa.

Contracting officials there will review the incident and decide whether any action is necessary.

She wasn’t able to comment on the specifics of the case, but she said administrative action for contract violations can include termination.

Ji admitted to falling asleep at about 3:15 p.m. while driving on the overpass, according to Area II officials.

He hit a minivan traveling in the same direction, hit a sidewalk when he overcorrected and flipped over.

His passenger, a female sergeant, was not wearing a seat belt. She was treated for bruises at the 121st General Hospital and was released and given convalescent leave, according to the 8th Army e-mail. Ji also suffered minor injuries.

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