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Banned driver charged for hit-and-run killing

A MAN has been charged with drunken driving, breaching driving suspension mandate and causing the death of a pedestrian in an accident on December 15 next to the Oriental Pearl Tower in Lujiazui area.

Police said Li Bing's license had been suspended for drunken driving three months before the accident. Li, 35, fled the scene but surrendered to police the next day after investigating officers phoned him during their enquiries.

Li allegedly ran down the 49-year-old victim shortly after leaving a friend's birthday banquet in a restaurant inside the Super Brand Mall.

The victim, a sales assistant in the mall, died at the scene.

Li, from Jiangxi Province, allegedly told police he heard a crash but decided not to stop.

The woman was already dead when police arrived. Police said the driver who hit the victim bore full responsibility for the accident.

Police examined debris left at the crash site and discovered a black sedan had been involved. Staff at all the parking lots in Lujiazui were questioned.

"A parking attendant from the shopping mall said he'd seen a car driving erratically, and he remembered the last four numbers on the car plate were 8662," said a police investigator.

Police began to call all car owners with licenses ending 8662 and soon spoke to Li.

"He was very short on the phone when we first called him, and when we rang him up again his mobile was turned off, which made us suspicious," the officer said.

Police later found Li's car in another parking lot in Lujiazui. The car had traces of damage that matched what police knew about the crash.

Police questioned Li on the phone and Li gave himself up to police the following morning, accompanied by his family.


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