A new report by Star News states that according to detailed analysis by the National Institute of Scientific Investigation (NISI), the car accident that took the lives of two Ladies’ Code members and left the rest injured was not due to a any defect in the car, as first suspected.
The Yongin Seobu Police Station, which is in charge of the investigation of the car accident that took place this past September, commissioned the National Institute of Scientific Investigation for a more detailed analysis of the accident. The results of the analysis show that the back wheel of the car fell off after the car hit the protective wall. It was initially reported that the driver of the vehicle told the police that he felt the wheel suddenly come off while driving, which lead to the accident.
A source from the police station told Star News, “The driver went over the speed limit and lost control while driving the Starex [the name of the vehicle model] in the rain.” The source continued, “According to the results received from the NISI, the back wheel did not fall off due to to a mechanical defect, but due to the impact of the accident.”
The police are now looking at speeding as the cause of the accident. They believe that if the driver had only been going at the speed limit, such a large-scale accident could have been prevented. The police analyzed the CCTV recordings of the vehicle on the expressway at that time and measured that the car was going at least 130 kilometers per hour (around 81 miles per hour) when the speed limit is 100 kph (around 62 mph).
The police plan to review whether more questioning is necessary and continue investigations, after which the case will be submitted to the prosecutor’s office.
On September 3, the vehicle carrying Ladies’ Code and staff members crashed while driving in the rain, which resulted in the death of members EunB and RiSe. The other members and staff were left with severe to minor injuries. Currently, members Sojung, Ashley, and Zuny are still receiving treatment for their injuries.