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Hit-run driver turns himself in to police

THE driver who caused the fatal hit-and-run accident on Monday night in Yangpu District turned himself in yesterday.

"I was driving for fun," explained the 21-year-old suspect, who seemed to be very regretful in the police station yesterday.

The man, surnamed Dong, has been detained and the case was still under investigation, said the Yangpu District police.

"We may have to sell our house for the compensation," Dong's father said painfully.

Without permission, Dong drove away the black Buick of a customer of his father's foot-massage parlor on Monday evening. He later hit the victim, who was claimed dead on arrival when rushed to the hospital.

Accompanied by his father, Dong walked into the police station on Yinhang Road at midnight Monday, the police said.

The accident happened about 7:30pm on Monday. Dong and the black sedan hit a middle-aged woman cyclist in front of the gate of a residential area on Guohe Road.

The woman, whose identity was still unclear by last night, was knocked from behind for at least 3 meters, witnesses said. Her head hitting the ground, the woman passed out directly.

Dong said he drove too fast to avoid the woman and fled the scene in panic.

Dong's father said his son just had a car accident two months ago in Jiangxi Province.

Dong's car hit a barrier at a fast speed and the car was crashed into two parts, said his father. Dong broke his right shoulder in the accident and there were steel nails in the shoulder.


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