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Man charged with drunk driving that killed 3

THE man who caused three deaths in a drunk-driving accident in Shanghai on February 12 has been charged with dangerous driving, Pudong New Area prosecutors said today.

The defendant surnamed Huang was driving along Chuanzhan Road near Nanliu Road when his car rear-ended a taxi, but he did not stop and tried to flee, prosecutors said.

The taxi driver surnamed Shen allegedly chased Huang to an intersection where Huang was forced to stop as all vehicles were waiting for the red light to change.

The prosecutors said Shen got out of his taxi and tried to reason with Huang but the drunken driver stepped on the gas and scooped up Shen who stood in front of his car.

Huang geared up while Shen clung to the engine hood trying to keep balance. He was crushed to death when Huang's car bumped into a Chery QQ, which rear-ended with a KIA car, prosecutors said.

The fuel tank of Chery QQ burst into flames which soon engulfed the car and burned two riders to death.

Huang told prosecutors that he was too drunk to remember what he had done and admitted to drinking alcohol before the accident.

A blood test showed the alcohol content in Huang's blood reached 2.12 mg/ml, higher than the permissible limit of 0.8 mg/ml.


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