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Guard dies after parking-space argument

A MAN has been detained for allegedly causing the death of a security guard during a dispute over a parking space last week, Zhabei District police said yesterday.

The incident happened on June 10 when a security guard surnamed Ding, in his fifties, asked suspect Wang Yigang not to park his car on an area of greenery. Wang claimed it was hard to find a vacant space and a fight broke out. Ding fell after being struck and hit his head on the concrete curb around the greenery during the fight, police said. He died of serious head injuries two days later.

Wang drove his car into phase three of a neighborhood on Wanrong Road about 10pm that day and parked on an area of greenery. Ding came over and asked Wang to park in either phase one or two to avoid blocking others. Wang refused to park elsewhere, a woman in the car argued with Ding and Wang got out to fight the guard, a witness said.

Wang punched the guard in the face, knocking him to the ground, a witness said. Ding's head hit the curb of the greenery area. Wang then kicked the guard, Ding's colleagues said, adding that they could smell alcohol on Wang's breath.

Ding's colleagues stopped the fight and sent him to Tongji Hospital. Police were called and Wang was taken away. Ding died in hospital on Friday.

The neighborhood security department's manager, surnamed Liu, said: "Ding was such a kind person and always sticks to the regulations. He didn't fight back that night."

Ding divorced years ago and lived with his 83-year-old mother and 18-year-old daughter.

"His family lived on his 1,300 yuan (US$190) monthly salary," Liu said. "His family is heart broken at his death."

The guard's death has generated discussion online.

"The man fighting the guard should be punished, but if he had a fixed place to park his car the accident could have been avoided," said a local resident on a Web forum.


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