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Russian scooter rider struck, killed by sedan

A RUSSIAN man riding a scooter was hit and killed by a sedan in a traffic crash early yesterday at an intersection in Hongkou District, police said.

The crash happened about 3:40am at the intersection of Zhoujiazui and Dalian roads at the border of Hongkou and Yangpu districts, police said.

The victim, who appeared in his early 20s, was a student of the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. He was driving a gasoline-powered scooter. His name and age were not disclosed. No further details of the crash were available as the investigation was still ongoing.

City traffic police reminded foreigners, especially students, in November to be careful while riding their two-wheelers and ensure that the scooters and mopeds they use are safe and licensed.

Police said that in Yangpu District, which is home to several universities, it is quite common to see students riding scooters, often without a license plate.

The warning came after a foreign student on a scooter was injured in a collision with another rider in Yangpu on November 5.

"Many foreign students like to buy the scooters and drive them fast," said Li Bin, a squad leader with Yangpu traffic police. "It's very dangerous."

Last year, police reported at least 10 cases of traffic violations involving foreign students riding scooters, which led to several accidents.

Yesterday's crash was the second fatality involving foreigners riding scooters since October.

On October 11, a 33-year-old French man riding a scooter died after he was hit by a taxi at the intersection of downtown Wulumuqi and Hengshan roads in Xuhui District. Investigators said the victim ran a red light.


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