Okay, so apparently this drunk driving incident with 2PM‘s Nichkhun will never ever die.
Just yesterday, I wrote this, primarily because I wanted it to be done:
What else is left to determine? None of the specifics about the situation matter, except to fans who want to find more of a reason to defend him and antis who want to find more of a reason to blame him.
Unfortunately, a new media story about an opinion from some dumbass source comes out everyday, and thus fans/antis get more and more delusional about what actually went down.
So instead of relying on dubious media reports, incompetent witnesses, and idiotic police sources, I wanted to try and solve this as best I could with the evidence the public already has.
The Intersection From The Motorcyclist’s Point Of View
The Intersection From 2PM’s Nichkhun’s Point Of View
Korea’s Traffic Laws
1) He didn’t come to a stop.
At a four-way stop, he’s supposed to come to a complete halt before proceeding through the intersection. However, while he does seem to slow a bit, he basically chooses to roll right through the intersection instead. Thus, his reaction time to the car that hit him was lessened because he was going faster than he should have been.
2PM’s Nichkhun’s Fault
1) He was intoxicated.
This is unchallenged. The police, media, and his own agency all reported that he was intoxicated.
Whoever says that alcohol was not a factor is completely delusional about how it affects humans.
2) He didn’t stop.
He ran a four-way stop, so the fault should be self-evident.
3) He didn’t slow down.
If you look at the timer on the right side of the GIF above, you can see the speed of the vehicle is basically constant through the intersection. More speed means less reaction time, which usually ends badly when it involves vehicles, especially when it comes to things like intersections.
4) He drove on the left side of the street.
Korea is a right-hand traffic country and he was coming down the left-hand side of the street. Despite being a narrow backstreet, cars go both ways down it, as you can see in the first picture from his POV. This factors in especially if the motorcyclist was trying to make a left turn onto that street.
5) He didn’t cede right of way.
As shown in the right of way traffic guide for Korea above, he was supposed to cede right of way to the motorcyclist. Korea has right-hand traffic like America, so the car to the right of you has the right of way.
So that should basically cover everything so far on this situation. It’s analysis free of iffy reports and pointless witnesses. Rather, it relies on evidence we can see, video we have been given, and the laws in place.
So is this primarily Nichkhun’s fault? I would have to say yes. Is it entirely his fault? I would have to say no.
Does he deserve to be criticized and punished? To an extent, yes.
I said this in the initial article, but the fact is that he was intoxicated over the legal limit in Korea, and that’s not in dispute.
It’s not subjective or worthy of a defense. It’s purely a shitty action, and I say that regardless of who it is or what it is or how it happened. Driving drunk is a shitty thing to do. Period.
People trying to downplay this or detract from the seriousness of the matter do nothing but paint themselves as delusional. You don’t have to hate him because of this, but he made a poor choice, he made a big mistake, and he may have seriously hurt a guy who was just minding his own business.
He did fuck up. He should feel bad. He should apologize. That’s it.
I still feel the same after analyzing the incident. Drinking and driving is simply not something that’s defensible to me. Even if you somehow disagree with me on the fault assignment, the criticism and punishment he is currently enduring is deserved solely on the fact that he made the decision to drink and get in a car.
With that said, people shouldn’t go too far either.
Commenters everywhere, including on Asian Junkie, have been critical of stuff like how long it took him to apologize. However, I don’t think it was his decision, but rather a company decision. JYP Entertainment were basically in damage control mode, and companies control the lives of idols, so it only makes sense that this would have been as well.
Additionally, he absolutely doesn’t deserve to get death threats or to be laughed at (well, maybe hypocritically/ironically). He made a mistake, he was lucky that the outcome wasn’t gravely serious, and he will be atoning for it.
Anyway, now I’m done with this controversy until new evidence or actual news comes out.