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Driver held after car hits woman at crossing

A DRIVER of a car that struck a woman pedestrian on Huaihai Road M. on Thursday afternoon is in custody, Xuhui District police said yesterday.

"The city's appraisal center for road traffic accident is assessing if the car was modified, speeding and who was responsible for the accident," said district police spokesman Tao Jiong.

The driver, in his 20s, was in a silver BMW with a Shanghai license plate which hit the woman at the junction of Huaihai Road M. and Shaanxi Road S. about 4:45pm.

Passers-by said the car had revved its motor loudly as the lights changed from red. It changed lanes and had just passed a bus when it struck the woman on the pedestrian crossing. She flew 2 meters into the air before hitting the ground behind the car.

"The driver claimed the bus blocked his view and he didn't see the woman walking through," Tao said.

The car's engine must have been modified since it sounded loud and harsh, a witness surnamed Gao told the Oriental Morning Post. Witnesses saw the driver park the car, get out and say the woman had been jaywalking.

According to the Shanghai Traffic Safety Information Network, the driver had been recorded breaking the speed limit 13 times since October 17, 2007, with his most recent infringement on May 3.

The speed limit on downtown Huaihai Road is 50 kilometers per hour.

The victim surnamed Jiang, a local resident aged about 50, is in a critical condition in Xuhui District Central Hospital. She has been operated on for a skull fracture, the hospital said, and was still unconscious.


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