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Drivers detained over scooter deaths

A DRIVER who allegedly plowed into four scooters on Monday night, killing one man and injuring three other people has turned himself in, police said yesterday.

The 21-year-old, surnamed Luo, obtained his driving license in March and borrowed a BMW 320i from a friend, but wasn't familiar with the car and lost control at high speed, Pudong police said.

Luo surrendered to police on Tuesday night and is now in criminal detention as investigations continue.

"I'm sorry for my family and the victims' families," Luo is reported to have said yesterday at the police station.

The accident happened at 7:55pm on Monday on Jinjing Road in the Pudong New Area.

According to police, Luo made a right turn from Jiahong Road to Jinjing Road, losing control of the car which struck four scooters before knocking over a tree and crashing into a factory gate.

One scooter driver was trapped beneath the car and died at the scene. The other riders suffered spine, thigh and head injuries.

Police said they identified Luo as the driver on Tuesday morning and called his family to persuade him to turn himself in.

Luo walked into a police station at 7pm on Tuesday, police said.

Luo said he wasn't drunken on the night of the accident.

Meanwhile, a sanitation truck driver was detained yesterday for allegedly hitting and killing a couple on a scooter in suburban Jiading District early in the morning, police said.

The suspect, surnamed Meng, was driving under the influence of alcohol, said Jiading District police.

The collision occurred at 0:50am at Fenghua Road and Shahe Road as Meng was turning into Shahe Road and hit the scooter.

The scooter was totally destroyed and the victims, a 31-year-old man, surnamed Yang, and his 28-year-old wife, surnamed Jin, died at the scene.

Meng was later brought in by police. The result of Meng's blood-alcohol test was 0.73 milligrams per milliliter, while the legal limit is 0.2mg/ml, police said.


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