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Driver confesses to fatal hit-run

A 33-YEAR-OLD Shanghai woman sought by police for a fatal hit-and-run accident in Pudong turned herself in yesterday, nearly 12 hours after the crash.

The woman, whom authorities identified only by her surname, Cheng, walked into a Pudong New Area police office accompanied by her family to confess her connection to the accident, police said.

The head-on crash killed Lin Dongchu, a 57-year-old vegetable dealer from Zhejiang Province who was riding an electric bike on his way to pick up supplies. Three cars were damaged though no one else was hurt.

The accident occurred at about 11:15pm on Sunday on Pudong's Hunan Road, near Yanglian Road. Witnesses said that a sedan crossed into the oncoming lane and crashed into Lin's bike. The car reportedly drove on and collided with another sedan, which was then hit by a following taxi.

"Her car entered my lane and headed right toward me," said a driver surnamed Song who swerved to avoid a head-on hit but was still struck.

The car that initiated the crash broke down several hundred meters from the crash site, and a wheel rolled off, witnesses said. Its driver then left the scene.

"She stepped out and ran away," said a witness surnamed Wang.

Police traced the car to Cheng and questioned her relatives.

Cheng later came to police "under pressure," police said in a statement yesterday.


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