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Truck driver blamed for deaths of couple who planned to wed

A COUPLE who were planning their wedding were killed when a dump truck crashed into them on their scooter on February 8.

Shanghai police have ruled the driver should take full responsibility for the deaths.

Li Yong, the truck driver, faces vehicular manslaughter charges for the collision at the intersection of Gonghexin Road and Yonghe Road in Zhabei District, police said.

The truck was driving along Gonghexin Road when it turned right on to Yonghe Road and hit the couple with its rear wheel, police said.

Yuan Chongjin, 24, was killed instantly while his fiance Huang Yuxian, 25, died after rescue efforts failed.

"She was in so much pain," said police officer Xu Dacheng, who was at the scene.

"But she was still strong. She kept waving her hands and asking people to help her.''

People were desperate to help, but the fully-loaded dump truck was too heavy to lift with traffic police equipment. Huang's legs were crushed under the truck's rear wheel.

A witness said they were encouraging Huang to hold on and told her that firefighters were on the way.

"She was murmuring but we couldn't understand what she was saying,'' the witness said.

Severe injuries

Huang was finally removed from under the wheel after firefighters used a jack to lift the truck. She was rushed to hospital immediately but died of severe injuries.

It's illegal for two people to ride a scooter, but investigators found the couple's violation was unrelated to the cause of the accident.

Li allegedly told police he had looked carefully into his mirrors before making the right turn.

Police investigator Lei Xiaojun said the scooter was in Li's blind spot.

Traffic police said serious accidents between two-wheelers and heavy trucks occurred several times each year on local streets.

Police said drivers of large vehicles should pay close attention to traffic behind them when making turns.

Police also suggested that cyclists and motorcyclists keep a distance from heavy vehicles and avoid attempting to overtake them at intersections.

Huang was born to a farmer's family in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. She studied hard and graduated from a college in Guilin City in that province.

She quit her job in Guilin and moved to Shanghai after meeting and falling in love with Yuan online in 2007.

Yuan was a Hubei Province native who worked in Shanghai.

Huang met Yuan's parents during the Spring Festival in his hometown in Hubei.

They were planning to get married later this year.


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