Asiana crash charges will not be brought against a firefighter who struck and killed a 16-year-old crash survivor, says CBS News on Oct. 18. Chinese teenager Ye Meng Yuan, a student from Jiangshan in China’s eastern Zhejiang province, survived the terrifying crash on July 6 but was run over by a first responder who said he did not see the teen because she lying on the tarmac and covered in firefighting foam.
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White stated at the time that she had personally apologized to Yuan's family and said was trying to arrange additional meetings with them.
“It's very difficult and devastating news for all of us,” Hayes-White said. “We are heartbroken.”
Officials have decided that no criminal charges will be brought against the unnamed driver of the fire truck, calling the incident a “tragic accident” and nothing more.
Yuan’s death “was a tragic accident that did not involve any violation of our criminal laws,” San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.
The Boeing 777 was carrying 307 people. All but three survived.
CBS News picks up the story:
“Ye and a friend were seated at the back of the plane that came in too low and too slow, clipping its landing gear and tail on a rocky seawall just short of the runway… It was unclear how Ye got from the airplane to the spot where she died. Investigators believe she was down on the ground and not standing during the aftermath of the plane crash.”
The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.