Local prosecutors on Friday charged three men accused of beating a university student into a coma on a busy street in Taichung last month with attempted murder and intentionally causing bodily harm.
Lee Wei-lin (李韋霖), 25, Chang Tun-liang (張敦量), 23, and 19-year-old Chen Chin-hao (陳勁豪) were indicted over the Nov. 7 incident, which was sparked after a car driven by an 18-year-old university student, identified by his family name Sung (宋), clipped a Maserati while changing lanes at the intersection of Taiwan Boulevard and Henan Road, according to a Taichung District Prosecutors Office release.
Dash-cam footage from the night shows Lee — the driver of the Maserati — and his two passengers Chen and Change force Sung out of his car before assaulting him with a metal stick despite Sung repeatedly apologizing after being pushed to the ground, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors said the footage also showed Chang kicking Sung multiple times in the head as he lay on the ground.
Sung, a student at Feng Chia University, was hospitalized after the incident left him in a coma. He eventually regained consciousness and was discharged from hospital on Nov. 25.
According to the Taichung Veterans General Hospital, Sung suffered an intracranial hemorrhage and still needs to undergo rehabilitation.
Lee, Chang, and Chen were subsequently held incommunicado as authorities investigated them for attempted murder, offenses against public order, threatening behavior, and intentional injury.
Prosecutors said Chang had been charged with attempted murder due to the severity of his actions, as deliberately beating a person’s head, which is a vital part of the body, could lead to serious injuries or death.
They also indicated that Chang’s two alleged accomplices had been indicted on charges of intentionally causing bodily harm.
The case is now being reviewed by a Taichung court.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel