Hyundai Motor American had a wrongful death lawsuit filed against them in Orange County Superior Court. The lawsuit alleges they helped an employee leave the country following a fatal car accident. Youn Bum Lee was driving a car that hit a motorcyle and killed the driver. He had been out drinking with other Hyundai executives on the night of the accident.
“What unfolded was possible criminal conduct, not just by Mr. Lee, but up and down the corporate chain,” attorney Wylie Aitken said.
Aitken said that later that morning, Lee went to work, and numerous Hyundai officials arranged for him to meet with a criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles.
Following that meeting, Ryu and Jang dropped Lee off at Los Angeles International Airport, where he bought an open-ended ticket to South Korea, officials said.
The location of Lee is unknown at this time. He has been charged with multiple crimes and extradition proceedings have just begun.