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Driver faces murder rap

A DRIVER could have saved a woman he hit in February in Jiading District.

But instead he dragged her out from his car's left wheel and left her in the road, where she was hit by other three cars and died.

Yang Yuanhong is under arrest by the district court and will be charged with murder despite surrendering himself to the police, authorities said. He may face life in prison.

According to a surveillance camera video, a car hit the 24-year-old woman at 11:41pm on February 6, a rainy night, as she crossed a road that was off-limits to pedestrians.

The driver got out of his car and pulled the woman away from his car, police said.

Without calling police and emergency staff, he left her in the lane and fled, officers said.

"She still had breath by then," Yang, 44, later told police. Yang said he did not see the blood stain. "At that time I thought she pretended to be injured and tried to check the compensation from me."

Police said the driver soon gave himself up to officers and they are still investigating other vehicles involved in the death. Yang drove at a legal speed of 60 kilometers an hour, officers said.

Although Yang did not kill the victim when he hit her, his behavior following the accident led to the tragedy, according to China's criminal law.

"Yang's behavior can be viewed as shedding off responsibility," police spokesman said.

"I really did not mean to kill her," Yang told police, adding: "It's too late to be regretful."


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