‘‘I was confused because he was an American serviceman and, moreover, I wasn’t hurt seriously. At first, I thought that he was not a bad man. However, the current situation - in which a person who committed wrong thinks he can get away as if nothing has happened - is wrong,’’ said Kang.
Kang, after deciding that she would report the incident to the police, searched through the parking lot of a nearby apartment building through which she saw the car enter, to find the vehicle of the person who had hit her. Finally, after two hours, she found the car and noted the number. The next day, she gave her report to the Yongsan Police Station.
Kang finally met the soldier at the police station on June 21, after the police demanded three times that he present himself. There, Kang hand-delivered a letter she had written to the soldier. She had taken considerable time and effort to write the letter entirely in English and by consulting a dictionary. In the letter, Kang wrote, ‘‘I was very angry with your rude manner, assuming that you would not act [in this way if we were in America] or toward an American...If you have common sense and have high regard for honor, you should aplogize politely and compensate [me] for expenses incurred by the accident.’’
In the end, the solider apologized and paid her medical expenses - which amounted to 67,500 won.
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Police go above and beyond the call of duty to help woman abused by US soldier.
I applaud this woman for doing her civic duty after being uninjured in a minor hit-and-run, and applaud the police for treating the case like any other. *cough*