Well, I planned to returning from a temporary hiatus with something more fun, but in passing I saw the unfortunate news that 2AM’s Seulong was involved in an accident recently that killed a pedestrian.
On August 4, the police stated that Im Seulong had been involved in a car accident in the late hours of August 1. According to the Seoul Seobu Police Station, Im Seulong was driving his SUV on a road in Eunpyeong, Seoul at 11:50 p.m. KST as it was raining, when he struck a man who was crossing the road even though the pedestrian signal light was red. The man was taken to the hospital but passed away shortly from his injuries.
The police said they are investigating, as I assume is procedure.
The Seoul Seobu Police Station stated, “We are currently in the process of investigating the accident. It is true that the person passed away after being hit by Im Seulong’s car while he was jaywalking. However, we are still investigating the details of the situation and whether Im Seulong violated the Road Traffic Act.”
The Seoul Seobu Police stated, “Im Seulong was not driving under the influence, but we are investigating other possibilities, such as speeding. However, it is difficult for us to say anything at this time as the investigation is currently underway. We ask for your understanding that we cannot reveal details regarding the investigation.”
Jellyfish Entertainment later released a statement.
First, may the victim of the fatal accident rest in peace, and we send our deepest condolences to his family. On August 1, Im Seulong was driving his car when the accident in the rain occurred. While driving, he collided with a pedestrian crossing the road. Right after the accident, Im Seulong immediately took emergency measures on site, but the victim unfortunately passed away while he was being taken to the hospital. Im Seulong was questioned by the police according to protocol and was sent home afterwards, but he is in a state of shock. Please understand that we cannot reveal the details of the incident as the results of the police investigation have not been revealed yet. However, we understand how much pain the victim’s family members must be in, and we would like to sincerely apologize to them. Once again, may the victim rest in peace, and we send our deepest condolences to his family. We also extend our apologies to fans for causing concern. Thank you.
On the advice of everybody’s statement, we can probably wait for the investigation to conclude on this, and it’s terrible either way. Though certainly from the initial statements, Seulong appears to had this terrible event foisted on him more than causing it himself. Hopefully he’s doing alright.