Mainland accident victim’s parents arrive in Taiwan


The China Post news staff

Saddened parents of the individual Chinese tourist who was recently killed in a scooter accident in eastern Taiwan arrived from mainland China yesterday and expressed gratitude for all the cross-strait agencies’ support for dealing with the aftermath of the incident.

Twenty-nine-year-old Shanghai computer engineer Lee Kuan-yi (李冠一) was killed after being hit by a scooter on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 24, despite receiving emergency treatment directly following the accident. It was reportedly raining and Lee had worn a dark jacket when the incident occurred. Lee’s parents and relatives, a group of four, arrived at the Taipei Songshan Airport yesterday morning from Shanghai. When interviewed at the airport, Lee’s mother said she was in agony, pointing out that her son was still very young. Lee’s family members flew to the Hualien to deal with the aftermath of Lee’s accident later yesterday afternoon, where they were no longer able to contain their grief. “My son, Mom and Dad are here!” Lee’s parents cried, “We have come to bring you home.” They also shouted to Lee’s body after recognizing it, “all my hopes are gone,” and “Son, talk to me.”

Lee was the only child in his family, and had just turned 29 on Jan. 23, the day before the accident occurred. Lee’s aunt said he had long been interested in visiting Taiwan, and had left Shanghai for Taiwan on his birthday. Hualien was his first stop, she said. Lee was reportedly the first mainland tourist to be killed in a traffic accident in Taiwan since the country opened its doors to individual Chinese travelers in June 2011.