Woman accused of crushing debtor to death

  • By Chou Min-hung and William Hetherington/staff reporter, with a staff writer

Taoyuan prosecutors charged a woman with assault causing death on Saturday after she allegedly ran over another woman during a meeting in September.

The victim, surnamed Yu (游), visited the defendant, surnamed Huang (黃), at her home on September 14 to discuss a debt she owed Huang, prosecutors said.

However, an argument broke out and Huang allegedly pinned Yu to the ground and sat on it, causing him fatal injuries, they said.

Photo: Chou Min-hung, Taipei Times

An autopsy revealed that Yu died of multiple fractures, hemothorax and pulmonary contusions that caused shock, prosecutors said.

Huang weighed about twice as much as Yu at the time of the incident, they said.

After realizing that Yu had stopped breathing, Huang allegedly moved her body to the yard of her apartment building and returned to her home, prosecutors said.

Her neighbors found Yu’s body around 7 a.m. the next morning and called emergency services.

Paramedics said Yu had no vital signs when they arrived at the scene.

Prosecutors said Huang admitted to assaulting Yu and moving her body when questioned by police.

After an investigation, prosecutors concluded that Huang did not intend to kill Yu, so they did not seek charges of intentional homicide and instead sought the lesser charge of assault resulting in death. , they said.

Commenting on the case, physics professor Chiu Po-wen (邱博文) said the risk of serious injury increases dramatically when excessive pressure is put on the relatively weak back and spine.

The death could have been avoided if Huang had sat on Yu’s buttocks, he said.

Additional reporting by Chang Wei-chen

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