Cell Phone Didn't Kill South Korean Man...
...but the co-worker did. What it first seemed a strange case of accidental death due to a malfunctioning phone battery proved to be in fact just a cover-up.
December 3, 2007
Then again, the story didn't quite fit the evidence found by the coroner. As it followed, the victim's co-worker suddenly changed his story:
"I was moving the excavator and Seo was suddenly out of my sight. I ran out and saw he was lying down bleeding and his clothes on fire.'' Kwon told the police "All this happened in a moment, and I was too afraid about the accident. So I lied that the battery exploded and killed Seo."
In the mean time, a spokesperson for LG (the maker of the victim's phone) came with a blunt statement that was supposed to trash any rumor that such a battery could explode in such a manner.