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Police Say Speeding Found to Be Cause of Late Lebanese Envoy’s Car Accident
Amb. Jad El-Hassan Was Driving His "Genesis” Himself at 159 km per Hour in Namsan Tunnel No. 3 in Seoul

The cause of the tragic accident of Lebanese Ambassador to Seoul Jad El-Hassan was found to be speeding, the Yongsan Police Station announced on June 25, 2014.

The 60-year-old Lebanese envoy was killed in a traffic accident inside Namsa Tunnel No. 3 while he was driving himself his own car on May 29, 2014.

Yongsan Police, who has been investigating the car accident, said that the envoy was driving his Genesis sedan made by Hyundai Motors at the speed of 159 km per hour at the time of the accident, the police said based on the CCTV installed at the tunnel's entrance.

Police added that the blood test result of the late envoy conducted by the National Forensic Service (NFS) revealed that the envoy was under no influence of alcohol or any other substances at the time of the accident.

The accident case will soon be closed by the police.

The Lebanese envoy was driving his Genesis sedan himself sedan around noon on the day when his sedan hit the preceding Equus sedan inside the tunnel. He was heading toward downtown Seoul.

The envoy died on the way to the nearby hospital. He was driving his car alone at the time of the accident.

The medics performed Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) treatment on the envoy on the spot, but to no avail.

Two people in the other car were seriously injured and were sent to the nearby hospital, according to the police.

They were identified as 65-year-old woman named Kim and the 53-year-old man named Park, according to the police report. Both were not in critical conditions.

The body of the Lebanese envoy was placed at “Paik Hospital” in Jeo-dong 2-ga 85 in Seoul’s Jung-gu area.

The accident took place on the second lane around 10 meters from the entrance of the tunnel (from Hannam-dong side). After the collision between the cars airbag opened from the envoy’s car and the envoy’s car left traces of the second collision into both sides of the tunnel, police explained based on CCTV installed at the tunnel's entrance.

The envoy was on his way to his residence for lunch at the time of the accident.

Both cars involved in the collision were found out not to have black box installed, according to the police.

The late Lebanese envoy was involved in another car accident previously.

On Sept. 25, 2013 the Lebanese envoy hit the rear of vehicle of a 30-year-old Korean woman near Capital Hotel in Seoul’s Itaewon area, and fled to his embassy.

Police did not arrest him because the woman driver did not want the police to punish the envoy and the accident was a rather minor one.

The Lebanese envoy came to Seoul to serve as its ambassador in April of 2013.
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