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Daesung, a singer in the popular boy band Big Bang, ran over a motorcyclist lying in a lane of the Yanghwa Bridge at 1:30 a.m. yesterday. The motorcyclist was later declared dead, but police aren’t sure whether Daesung killed him or whether he was dead before being hit.

According to police, Daesung, 22, was driving his Audi at 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour on the southern exit of Yanghwa Bridge, Seoul, and ran over a man lying bleeding in the lane. His motorcycle was next to him.

“I felt something beneath my car and stepped on the brake, but it didn’t work,” Daesung told police yesterday, according to the police.

After running over the man, Daesung’s car rammed into a taxi stopped 40 meters ahead in the same lane.

“The driver of the Audi didn’t see the man lying in the lane and kept driving,” Jang Deok-mun, director for the traffic investigation unit of Yeongdeungpo police, told reporters yesterday, “So the car ran over the man and then smashed the taxi in front of it.” Police said Daesung passed a Breathalyzer test.

According to police, Daesung said he immediately got out of his car to see if the taxi driver was hurt, but he wasn’t injured badly.

The taxi driver had earlier swerved to avoid the body in the road, and then stopped his car to investigate.

Police couldn’t say whether the motorcyclist was dead before being run over by Daesung. His motorcycle was propped up against the divider separating the southern and northern lanes of the bridge, suggesting that someone else had been at the scene and moved the motorcycle.

“We will launch a joint investigation with the Road Traffic Authority,” said Jeong Seung-taek, senior director for Yeongdeungpo police.

Police added that Daesung violated the speed regulation on the bridge, which is a maximum of 60 kilometers per hour.

Five policemen of Yeongdeungpo Police Precinct launched an on-site investigation yesterday at the scene of the accident.

“The [details of the accident] will be known after conducting an on-site investigation and an autopsy led by National Forensic Service,” a police official said.

By Kim Hee-jin [heejin@joongang.co.kr]

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