Confirmed: Asiana Crash Survivor Killed by Rescuers
On Friday, a San Mateo, California coroner said that the injuries of Ye Mengyuan confirm that she was killed by a fire rescue vehicle after surviving the crash landing of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco on July 6. Ye was one of the three Chinese students who accounted for all of the crash’s fatalities. The Guardian reports:
San Mateo County coroner Robert Foucrault said 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, a Chinese student, died of multiple blunt injuries consistent with being run over by a motor vehicle.
He did not say what that vehicle was, but San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said officials believe the girl was struck by a specialized fire vehicle.
“It’s very difficult and devastating news for all of us,” Hayes-White said.
Investigators believe the teenager was on the ground and not standing up when she was struck, Hayes-White said.
Foucrault declined to go into details on how investigators determined she was alive before she was struck, but said they could tell from internal hemorrhaging. [Source]
Also see “China Mourns Students Killed in Plane Crash,” via CDT.