Speeding Blamed for Vehicular Manslaughter
2009-05-15 13:05:52 [ Big Normal Small ]     Comment

Speeding has been cited as the cause for a car accident that left one pedestrian dead May 7 in eastern China's Zhejiang Province, local police of the provincial capital of Hangzhou said on Thursday.

The speed of the cause car has been estimated to have been between 84.1 kilometers to 101.2 km per hour when the accident happened, according to a forensic analysis report.

According to the report, the cause car was refitted to attain higher speeds. The engine, exhaust system and tires had been modified.

The report was made by a group of motor vehicle experts and mechanics from Jilin, Zhejiang, Shanghai and other parts of China. They were invited by Blue Arrow, a forensic analysis group in Hangzhou, according to local police. The institute was entrusted by local police to do the analysis.

A spokesman of the municipal public security bureau said that the bureau received the forensic analysis report at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday and immediately sent copies of the report to both parties concerned.

Either of the two parties concerned in the accident, the family of the victim and the driver responsible for the accident, can challenge against the analysis results in three days, the spokesman said.

The case has not yet entered judicial procedures. Whether it will be a civil or criminal case remains unknown. But similar cases usually are both civil and criminal, according to some legal experts.

The family of the victim has consulted with lawyers. The driver and people closed to him are not yet available for interview.

On the evening of May 7, Tan Zhuo, 25, was hit on a pedestrian walkway in Hangzhou by a speeding Mitsubishi sports car driven by a 20-year-old university student surnamed Hu. Tang flew five meters into the air before he hit the ground and died.

Friends and colleagues described Tang as a diligent and kind man. He was about to marry his girlfriend in the near future.

Hu is from a rich family that owns four cars and drove a sports car to attend classes in a Hangzhou college.

He has come under fierce criticism from the public and has been detained on charges of vehicular manslaughter.

The public was angered because he was racing with two friends on a downtown highway, without thinking about the safety of pedestrians, which Hu also admitted to police.

Hu faces a one-month detention or up to three years in jail if convicted. The level of punishment depends on how fast he was driving.

Earlier this month, local police quoted Hu and his friends as saying that Hu was driving at 70 km per hour on the road with a maximum speed limit of 50 km per hour when the accident took place. However, many people doubted how the victim could be knocked five meters high by a car at 70 km per hour.

After the accident, Wang Guoping, Hangzhou's party chief, demanded traffic police take every possible measure to fight against drag-racing and illegal auto modifications.


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