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Victor Han and the Van

Guilty Plea in Wife’s Suicide Plunge
Wednesday, March 28, 2007

By JIM FITZGERALD, Associated Press Writer

NEW CITY, N.Y. — A man accused of helping his wife commit suicide by allowing her to drive the family minivan off a 300-foot cliff with their children inside pleaded guilty Wednesday to child endangerment in a deal that will likely spare him any prison time.

Victor Han, 35, admitted in Rockland County Court that he knew his wife was putting herself and their children in danger when he stepped out of the vehicle last June at a scenic overlook at Bear Mountain.

His 35-year-old wife, Hejin Han, drove the minivan off the cliff, killing herself. The children, 5-year-old Ariana and 3-year-old Itana, were belted into car seats and survived without major injury.

State Supreme Court Justice William Kelly said the prosecution was recommending three years probation. The maximum sentence for an endangerment charge is 28 months to seven years in prison. Sentencing was set for June 6.

Three years probation? WTF??? What’s wrong with doing that time in prison or better yet, the maximum of 7 years?

Han, who remains free on $40,000 bail, walked out of court without commenting.

“He did this to get the case over, and not to force the family to go through the trauma (of a trial),” defense attorney Lawrence Goldman said of his client’s guilty plea.

Han, an architect living in New York City, is seeking full custody of the children and is currently seeing them at supervised visits, prosecutor Louis Valvo said.

In a statement to police, Han acknowledged that he had worried his wife was suicidal but said he got out of the minivan only to take pictures.

One might surmise that he had no idea that this would happen, he was just taking pictures. BUT, in his own statements, he claimed that he KNEW his wife was suicidal. Why risk leaving two young children with her?

He said that when the vehicle went over the edge, passing between two boulders placed to keep cars from skidding off the road, he called 911, ran down the cliff and rescued his daughters but could not revive his wife.

In exchange for Han’s guilty plea, additional charges of promoting a suicide and endangering children were dropped.

Again with the G.D. plea bargaining. The son of a bitch endangered his children! He said so himself! Now they drop the charge? And he’s seeking custody of the children? The judge had better think long and hard about that!

ptg said:

He wanted pictures of his wife killing herself and (maybe) their kids? I wonder how they turned out. Perhaps he can put them in an album for the kids to have someday.

There is a never ending supply of jerks. Just this last Tuesday, I came on to my street to find police cars everywhere and a car up on the berm with the driver door open. Turns out, the ex husband had been chasing the driver down Miller Avenue trying to cut her off. Finally, managed to put a bullet into her head which is why the car wound up on top of the berm. A Flight For Life helicopter was called in to take her to Lutheran General. The police found the jerk's car about a mile away. He shot himself in the chest so he is in fair condition while his ex is in serious condition. Asshole, he could have put the pistol into his mouth and finished the job.

I drove up through this coming home from work. When I finally got around all the police tape and got home, there was a group of neighborhood teenagers standing outside.
"Do you guys know what is going on on Miller," I asked. The daughter said, "We heard gunshots." "There is a car up on the berm and police everywhere," I said. She looked shocked. But, some guys from her school, it turns out, witnessed the whole thing.

The victim was a real estate agent in the neighborhood on business. And, it turns out, she was the Aunt of a daughter-in-law of a woman that worked at the same bank as my wife.

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