Asiana Victim Was Left to Fend for Herself: Attorney
Lawyer claims Ye Meng Yuan was 'not properly cared for'
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 28, 2013 4:30 PM CDT
Ye Meng Yuan.   (AP Photo/CHINATOPIX, File)

(Newser) – The fallout from the Asiana plane crash continues, as authorities and lawyers investigate who—if anyone—is to blame for the death of Ye Meng Yuan, the 16-year-old who was likely killed after being run over by a fire truck, rather than the crash itself. The law firm representing the families of the victims now claims "multiple" firefighters knew Ye had been taken from the wreckage and was near the left wing of the plane when foam was sprayed around the area. "We know that multiple firefighters knew she was there, and she was left there to fend for herself before the foam was put down," says an attorney, per the San Jose Mercury News. Ye was "not properly protected, tended to, or properly cared for," he claims.

An investigation by ABC7 also claims firefighters moved Ye to the wing—a dangerous location, according to sources—and that there were multiple issues with the truck that allegedly hit her, too. Sources say the driver, a veteran firefighter, was out of the station when her colleagues rushed off to the crash. The station was empty when she returned, so she took a truck on her own—which is permitted in an emergency, but not ideal. Further, the truck she was driving wasn't equipped with a heat-detecting camera, which would have shown the body under the foam. The San Francisco Fire Department slammed the investigation as "distasteful" and "incomplete," but did not dispute the details, the Mercury News reports. "The department will await the outcome of the investigations prior to commenting any further about the accident," it said in a statement.

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Junkhead
Jul 29, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
I can see that junkhead must comment. I LOVE CHINESE FOOD, SO FIRST RESPONDERS BETTER STOP RUNNING THEM OVER DAM IT.
TeddyB
Jul 29, 2013 3:22 AM CDT
I read the article, before it was edited to remove that she had been put in a dangerous place. I can only go on what I read. A little clichéd "jump on the band wagon", no? People who use clichés usually don't think for themselves. I bet you support every cop and fireman regardless of who they kill. What if she were your daughter? Would you have wanted her moved in the path of a fire truck, sprayed with foam, and ignored, even though multiple firemen knew she was there?
Proudwhiteman
Jul 28, 2013 10:49 PM CDT
Poor little thing. I feel really depressed to hear that 3 beautiful Asian girls have lost their lives...unnecessarily. On the other hand, the firefighter who left her alone made an unprofessional and careless act . He should be fired and sued. I support the family who lost a sweet girl.