Taiwanese singer Jimmy Lin (林志颖) has always been keen on racing cars. Ever since he had his first car race, Jimmy has been in love with racing. He even named his sons after Formula One drivers. However, a recent car accident might have put a damper on his enthusiasm.
Around 10.50am this morning (22nd July), Jimmy (47) had been driving with his son, Jenson (6) through Taoyuan City, Taiwan when he had an accident. His car, a white Tesla, had supposedly deviated from its route and hit a road divider. The crash injured Jimmy and his son and things got worse when the car caught fire.
CCTV footage near the crash site showed Jimmy’s car making a U-turn before heading down a straight road. However, as it neared the divider, the car starting drifting towards it before colliding head first with the divider and a signpost. Luckily, bystanders acted quickly to get both father and son out of the car.
Jimmy’s son who had been in the passenger’s seat, was not badly injured. He was conscious, albeit in shock, and was able to exit the crash on his own. Unfortunately, Jimmy himself was stuck in the driver’s seat. It took effort to pull him out and those helping were concerned about certain sounds from the car. Thankfully, they managed to rescue Jimmy before the car burst into flames. The fire was fierce and burned away the front half of the car to a shell before firefighters managed to put it out.
The singer was bleeding from his head but bystanders were more worried about his arm. It was bent at an awkward angle and was thought to be dislocated. Jimmy and his son were both transferred to the hospital where Jimmy’s wife and family met them. Currently, reports claim the two sustained no life-threatening injuries.
According to the police, the cause of the accident has yet to be determined. CCTV footage proved that Jimmy had not been speeding. A drug and alcohol test showed he had not been under any influences either. As such, an investigation into the cause is still ongoing.
Some may bemoan the loss of Jimmy’s electric Tesla Model X which is worth RM580,000. But, it doesn’t compare to the life of him and his son. We wish the father-son duo well and hope they will recover soon.