A devastated mother has emotionally confronted the garbage truck driver who mowed down her economics student son before displacing his body and fleeing the crime scene.
Tuiniua Fine, 53, has pleaded guilty to dangerous driving that caused death, failed to stop and assisted, and acted with intent to pervert justice after hitting George Yuhan Lin, 21, in Sydney’s CBD in the early hours of February 12, 2020.
Fine was backing up at about 15 km/h – 5 km/h above the limit – when he ran over the pedestrian.
The body of 21-year-old George Yuhan Lin (pictured) was found in the Sydney CBD in the early hour of February 12, 2020
Lin’s body was found that morning on a sidewalk in Central Street.
Putting on gloves, Fine got out of the truck and dragged the teacher’s body several feet from where he hit him.
The 53-year-old got back into his truck and continued to work, before being stopped by police and arrested at Kings Cross about three hours later.
His mother Eileen Xie said she wanted to ask the driver ‘Do you know what you have done, because of your behavior I have lost our dearest son forever’.
She plans to visit his grave for the rest of her life.
“The driver who killed my son, did you ever imagine this happening in your family and it was your child, your relative that was killed?” she said Friday in the NSW District Court in Sydney.
“This is the only way I can get close to my son now.
“My dear son left us a year and a half ago and our hearts are bleeding.”
Tuiniua Fine, 53, was backing up at 9mph, 5km over the limit when he hit George Yuhan Lin (photo Central St where George Yuhan Lin’s body was found)
Fine’s attorney, Evan James, referred to the driver’s limited intelligence and the possibility that he had fallen into a “dissociated state” after hitting Mr Lin.
But prosecutor Cate Dodds rejected the submission, claiming there was a “deliberation” about Fine’s actions, who had had ample time, when he hit a human, not a milk crate, to let anyone know what was up. happened.
Judge Sarah Huggett said she did not accept that there was evidence to support the dissociated state, but accepted that Fine could have panicked in an extremely stressful situation.
Fine, get out of his truck, put on gloves and drag the young man’s body a few meters away to a footpath. The photo shows the truck driver who is being arrested
In her victim statement, Ms Xie said the family emigrated from China to Australia when her son was four years old.
“George loved this country so much, he loved life and his family and friends,” she said.
“He was such an excellent and hard-working young man, his wonderful life had only just begun.”
In just over a year after emigrating, her son was fluent in English and later attended James Ruse Agricultural High School when he achieved an HSC score of 99.85.
He helped other students and was ‘a nice young man who was happy to share his knowledge’.
Fine (pictured) has been found guilty of dangerous driving that resulted in death, failure to stop and assist, and any act with intent to disrupt the course of justice.
He studied for a double degree in law and economics at the University of Sydney and ran his own economics business, which he considered to be a meaningful job.
His economics teacher told his parents that he had been “a very special student and person” who wanted economics to benefit society, not just something to make a few people rich.
He intended to become a policymaker in Canberra so that he could do something good and not just a job in a company.
His mother described the student as a considerate and respectful man who intended to become a policymaker in Canberra
The young man’s mother wants to ask Fine, ‘Do you know what you’ve done?’ He will be sentenced on October 1 (photo of Fine’s relatives)
Ms. Xie said her son was thoughtful and respectful of his parents and on the last Father’s Day before he died, he took his father to a restaurant and gave him some pants.
He had joked, “Dad, I have better taste than you and I will buy your clothes in the future.”
A fine will follow on 1 October.